Since coming to the University of Minnesota from Kansas State University in 2015, Applied Economics Professor Hikaru Peterson has been compiling research for concrete improvement of the Twin Cities area’s farmers market system.
Her work with the Twin Cities Metro Farmers Market Metrics Project includes documenting the economic and social impacts farmers markets have on the local community. The partnership between the researchers and farmers and market managers is reciprocal—the data collected by Peterson and her colleagues can be used by market managers to advocate for a more robust allocation of public resources in farmers markets.
Peterson has been inspired by the mutually beneficial nature of the partnership. “I want to make sure I generate useful results for the stakeholders so the community can feel that they’ll have a positive experience whenever they work with the University,” says Peterson.