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Conclusion

This chapter has presented farm shops as a valuable link between urban and rural economies, which includes tourism as a connecting piece. Suburban farm shops are where tourism demand meets tourism production and where food tourism activities are created. It is through their merchandising that farm shops bring urban dwellers into the fringe. Their supply chain also pulls rural agricultural produce into this same fringe. Their environment, narrative and community commitment provide the crux of these interactions, which provide the foundation for the tourist experience. There are many urban-rural tourism opportunities, above and beyond Weaver’s (2015) six suburban tourism activities, that need further attention. This chapter provides one example of how suburbia can provide advantages and linkages between urban and rural tourism markets.

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