Farmers Markets have seen a resurgence since the turn of the 21st century harking back to pre-1900’s era market places.
By creating a market to deliver locally cultivated and distributed foods, the obvious reduction in food miles (and carbon footprint) is evident yet as important the social links and greater interconnectivity that brings everyone together.
Where farmers in the 20th century have moved away from directly dealing with local markets and engaging with larger supermarket entities – now the farmers are reengaging directly with local customers and markets.
There is still a great deal to be done to improve the situation. Transportation being shifted away from fossil fuels propulsion systems towards electric (or hydrogen/fuel cell/gas) vans and trucks would help further reduce the ecological impact.