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Throughout the United States today, more than 4,000 organized farmers? markets dot the landscape, about double the number a decade ago. The Ferry Plaza Farmers? Market in San Francisco, the nation?s largest all-organic farmers? market, draws up to 15,000 customers a week and features a wide variety of certified organic produce, meats, and prepared foods. However, farmers? markets still account for less than 2% of U.S. retail produce sales overall . But additional types of marketing for the farmer are growing in popularity. On the retail side are pick-your-own farming and CSAs ( Community Supported Agriculture ), in which customers prepay the producer before the growing season begins. On the wholesale side, farmers can sell directly to grocery stores and restaurants, venues that offer good outlets for ethnic and other specialty crops..