Locating farmers' markets with an incorporation of spatio-temporal variation

Daoqin Tong, Fang Ren, James Mack

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The recent drive among consumers to purchase fresh, healthy and environmentally friendly food has brought about a renewed interest in farmers' markets. However, ensuring the success of a farmers' market is not an easy task. Unlike general grocery stores, farmers' markets often have very limited hours of service and are distributed sparsely in space. Both spatial and temporal constraints that people experience in their daily lives limit their accessibility to a farmers' market. This research incorporates such constraints in the service provision planning of farmers' markets. In particular, two models are proposed to select locations and the associated service schedules for a fixed number of farmers' markets. A case study is conducted in Tucson, Arizona to demonstrate the merits of the new approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Accessibility
  • Facility location
  • Farmers' market
  • P-Median problem
  • Space-time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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