Farmers' Market Mapping

Academic Year 
Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Project Partner 


Twice a week from May through October, the Sioux City Farmers’ Market brings together residents, visitors, producers, bakers, and artists and gives them the opportunity to exchange goods, forge relationships, and both support and grow the local community. Over 30 vendors are participating in the 2015 market, travelling to Sioux City from three states over an area that typically spans a 100 mile radius around the market site.


Students from the Geographical and Sustainability Sciences department used GIS to map the sources of the farmers’ market products and locations of their vendors, giving consumers, vendors, and market managers a visual understanding of the area over which the local products are sourced. In addition, students researched how the locations of these vendors and the market correspond to food recovery institutions to assist the Farmers’ Market in forming future collaborations.