Farmers' markets make it possible for satisfying the demand from local consumers for buying fresh produce, either directly from a farm or from a nearby stand or food store. They operate as a fundamental part of the urban-rural interface, and have continued to grow in popularity.

Farmers markets are a place for farmers to sell fresh, seasonal, and delicious food directly from the producers. Vendors typically must follow certain guidelines, such as the distance between the selling location and the farm source, guidelines for things like pesticide use, or whether or not the vendors have grown all of the food themselves. Farmers’ markets have grown in the US over the past twenty years, with more than 8,500 markets currently registered in the USDA Farmers Market Directory.

What is a Common Market?

A common market is a formal agreement among several countries that adopt a common external tariff. In a common market, countries allow free trade and movement with labor and capital among the countries who are members of the group. The trade arrangement intends to provide an improvement in the economic benefits to all the members of the common market.

Central American Common Market

The Central American Common Market (CACM) is a group of Central American countries that include Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This regional integration is a wide trade agreement that ensures tariff-free exchange for the native products within their region. The region also has a Central American Customs Union which is attempting to extend the integration process to a point in which internal customs procedures for trade within the isthmus are eliminated.

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