Local Farmers Markets across the state of Wyoming may make a bigger impact than one might think. According to data collected by the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness division, local markets contributed over one million dollars to the state economy in 2011.
Here in Cheyenne, the local Farmers Market is a great example of the success and contributions to the local community and state economy. Stephanie Batson, who is one of the organizers of the event in Cheyenne, says that the market has continued to grow throughout the years and this summer was no exception. Nearly every Saturday close to 3,000 people have visited the Farmer's Market, which also hosts about 40 vendors. The past two years, sales have increased due to grants from the Council allowing people other means of payment besides cash.
With popularity and sales increasing, the Cheyenne Farmers Market is running out of room at its current location, the Depot Plaza. Batson hopes that in the coming years they will be able to add more table space so that the market can continue to grow. If the Farmers Market in Cheyenne is any indication, the future growth of other markets throughout the state looks very promising.