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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 May-Jun;46(3 Suppl):S65-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.11.016.

Farmers' markets: costs compared with supermarkets, use among WIC clients, and relationship to fruit and vegetable intake and related psychosocial variables.

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  • 1Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. Electronic address: alwheel2@gmail.com.
  • 2Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine fruit and vegetable (FV) costs at farmers' markets (FMs) and grocery stores, determine Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children participants' FV intake and psychosocial predictors, and compare FM users and nonusers.

METHODS:

Prices were collected biweekly from grocery stores and FM vendors. Participants were recruited from Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children clinic to complete a survey of FV intake, psychosocial variables, and FM usage.

RESULTS:

The FM cost was greater. A total of 377 participants (51%) used FMs. The FM users more often ate vegetables as snacks and > 1 vegetable per day (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Despite higher costs, FMs were often used. The FM users had a better vegetable intake pattern.

Copyright © 2014 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

WIC; farmers' market; fruit; vegetable

PMID:
24809999
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