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Nationwide, there are too few farmers to populate market stalls and too few customers filling their canvas bags with fresh produce at each market. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When the Flint Farmers' Market moved downtown, closer to public transportation, more low-income customers started shopping there for all their grocery needs, a new study finds. G.L. Kohuth/Courtesy of Michigan State University hide caption

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Economists say small-business owners — especially farmers dealing in high volume and low profit margins — are more likely to accept a volatile currency like Bitcoin than bigger businesses. Allen Sheffield/Flickr hide caption

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On a corner in Washington, D.C., where stores burned during riots 44 years ago, there's now a plaza where farmers sell produce on Saturday mornings. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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On the Farmers Market Frontier, It's Not Just About Profit

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Georgia O'Neal harvests winter greens at the Tree and Leaf Farm in Unionville, Va., on March 16, 2011. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Desmond Brown sells fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market outside the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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The regular old supermarket is still king for choice, price and convenience

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