Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Dietetics and Human Nutrition

First Advisor

Dr. Alison Gustafson


Farmers’ markets are one food environment venue with the potential to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among rural residents in the United States. This study used the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud social marketing campaign in six rural communities over two years to determine the association between exposure to the campaign and fruit and vegetable purchasing decisions. The availability of recipe cards at the farmers’ market was associated with influencing the purchase of fruits and vegetables (p<0.001); the recipe sample was associated with buying the ingredients for the recipe (p<0.001); taking the PIUKP food sample was associated with a willingness to prepare the food item at home (p<0.001). Utilizing social marketing strategies at farmers’ markets may be an effective way to improve fruit and vegetable intakes in rural communities.

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