- There are now more than 8,260 farmers markets in the U.S., according to the USDA, increasing by 180% from 2006 to 2014
- Farmers markets are concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S. and along the West Coast
- Food at farmers markets isn't necessarily healthier -- the benefits come from engaging with farmers and the community
- Living closer to farmers markets is associated with lower child and adolescent obesity rates
(CNN)If you're craving fresh-baked bread, sweet strawberry jam, or the scent of seasonal flowers, you're in luck. It's now easier than ever to find your local farmers market, thanks to an online search tool from the USDA.