Local farmers not only provide you with fresh, wholesome food, they also protect scenic landscapes and important wildlife habitat, and strengthen the local economy. By becoming a Friend of Local Farmers, you’re doing your part to keep family farming alive and growing in Massachusetts.
Because of friends like you…
- MA is 1st in New England for direct sales of farm products to consumers
- Our state ranks 2nd nationally in value of direct market sales per farm, and 9th nationally in total value of direct sales
- Agtourism income totaled a whopping $5.3 Million, up from $665,000 in 2002.
- There are almost 7,700 farms in MA and that number is growing. From 2002 to 2007, MA saw an increase in the number of small farms thanks to increased support of local farm products
- Over 80% of MA farms are small, family-owned operations
- Women run 41% of MA farms (compared to the national avg. of 14%)
- MA is in the top 10 states for production of cranberries (#2), wild blueberries (#2), squash (#9), maple syrup (#9) and raspberries (#10)
- MA is home to some of the oldest family-run farms in the country. There are over 100 in continuous operation for more than 100 years, and 13 that have been around for over