USDA does an annual census of farmers markets. It is crucial that we get an accurate count of markets so that we can keep showing the strength of the local food movement! The numbers are used by policy makers, researchers, press, academic and anyone else with a vested interest in understanding the farmers market industry. Likewise, the USDA numbers are also the basis of important policy and research initiatives that will affect farmers markets and local/regional food systems. Register your market before the May 14th deadline at http://www.ams.usda.gov/2010farmersmarketdirectory ONLY market managers and farmers market operators (i.e. associations) can register their markets. However, any one who shops or loves farmers markets should ask their market manager to get on the Directory.