Assessing Preliminary Impact of theNorth Carolina Community Transformation Grant ProjectFarmers' Market Initiatives Among Rural Residents

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Abstract

Objective:

Using the Social Determinants of Health as the study's theoretical underpinning, the authors examined the impact of the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant Project farmers' market initiatives on changes in awareness and use of farmers' markets, and fruit and vegetable consumption.

Methods:

During the farmers' market season, the researchers conducted a random digit–dial telephone survey among residents in 3 rural North Carolina counties to examine changes in farmers' market awareness, shopping, and fruit and vegetable consumption. They examined change over 1 year using t tests, chi-square tests, and propensity score matching.

Results:

In 1 county there were increases in farmers' market shopping and fruit and vegetable consumption, and in 1 county there were decreases in farmers' market shopping and fruit and vegetable consumption.

Conclusions and Implications:

The impact of farmers' market initiatives may be affected by county-specific socioeconomic contexts.

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