The article titled “Locating farmers’ markets with an incorporation of spatio-temporal variation” by Daoqin Tong et. al., discusses farmers markets and their spatial and temporal constraints that limit people from purchasing produce at local farmers markets, specifically in Tuscon, Arizona. According to research, food sold at farmers markets are cheaper than those at grocery stores and also have a greater economic return to the local farming community-if it is in a convenient, centralized location. This article addresses the issues of the locations of farmers markets and offers a model that the authors project to be the ideal strategy of locating the markets for both the farmers and the consumers. The authors have several objectives and constraints while calculating the most ideal location model for placing farmers’ markets in order to benefit everyone involved. Through the use of calculations, and mapping the model proved to be beneficial in application. The improved spatial configurations, and more convenient operating hours in the evening made the farmers market more worthwhile.
Tong, D., Ren, F., & Mack, J. (2012). Locating farmers’ markets with an incorporation of spatio-temporal variation. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 46(2), 149-156. doi:10.1016/j.seps.2011.07.002
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