Agrileisure: Farmers' markets, CSAs, and the privilege in eating local

James R. Farmer, Charles Chancellor, Jennifer M. Robinson, Stephanie West, Melissa Weddell

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Participation in local food systems has recently emerged as an important and overlooked leisure behavior that is critical to community recreation agencies, sustainable development, and overall public health. This study collected motivational, participation, and demographic data from 712 individuals who shop at farmers' markets, subscribe to community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, or do not participate in either. The results indicate that environmental and nutritional motives were the top two factors affecting farmers' market and CSA participants' engagement, while also highlighting a significant association between the CSA and farmers' market participants and privilege variables. These findings suggest that even as farmers' markets and CS As are promoted as a means to reduce food insecurity and promote agrileisure opportunities, barriers exist that exclude many from engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • Agrileisure
  • Farmers' market
  • Local food systems
  • Parks and recreation
  • Privilege


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