The ACSM American Fitness Index, supported by the Anthem Foundation, ranks the 100 largest cities in America on a variety of personal and community health indicators, including number of farmers markets and fruit & vegetable consumption.
The 2020 rankings revealed that these cities average 18.7 farmers markets per 1,000,000 residents, with Washington, D.C., topping the list with 82.6 farmers markets per 1,000,000 residents. Farmers markets are not only an essential resource for access to fresh produce, but they also stimulate the local economy. Check out tips for shopping seasonally at your local farmers market here. Need assistance locating your nearest farmers market? Use this handy search tool from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
When it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption, many of the ranked cities fall significantly below the recommend serving intake. Adults are recommended to consume at least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day. The average rate of residents meeting these recommendations across the ranked cities in 16.3% and 33.5%, respectively. Three cities rank in the top 10 for both indicators: Nashville, Tn., Arlington, Va., and San Jose, Ca.