We have good news for all of you who enjoy visiting your local Farmers Market for fresh fruits, vegetables and other artisanal foods. USDA just published a new online National Farmers Market Directory, making it easier to get good information about what’s available or where your local farmers markets are located. There are now 8,144 farmers markets listed in the new USDA’s directory, up from about 5,000 just five years ago.

You can search for a farmers market by location, available products, types of payment accepted, inclusion in SNAP or WIC programs and get links to many farmers market’s websites. USDA enhanced the directory with an API (Application Programming Interface) so you can get real-time data about the farmers market, meaning the information about vendors or products is more up-to-date than ever.

I used the new directory and searched “products available” for one of my favorite foods—peanuts—and found three markets nearby that have vendors selling fresh peanuts. Peanut harvest season is coming up (September through November in most areas). That means fresh, local, raw peanuts and/or fresh peanut butter will be available. I can’t wait to use some of our recipes on the National Peanut Board website for homemade peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and boiled peanuts.

For more fun facts about the growth of farmers markets all across America, click here.