Farmers’ Markets Increase by 17%

Good news to all those who seek fresh, local food products. The USDA stated on their website that farmers’ markets are continuing to increase each year, with 2011 being no exception.

In fact, farmers’ markets increased in number by 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, with a total of 7,175 operating farmers’ markets. Farmers Markets Increase

Shopping at farmers’ markets instead of mainstream grocery stores is an excellent way to go green by reducing transportation emissions. Also, you are pumping money back into your local community and supporting local business.

Here are some items available at the farmers market in Gainesville to give you an idea of what you can get: Eggplant, sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, berries, tomato, mixed greens, broccoli, honey, herb plants, tempeh and many handmade crafts.

Check out my pictures of my local farmers’ market.

Farmers Markets Increase

Farmers Markets Increase

Hula hooping fun

Farmers Markets Increase

Some singing and dancing

Farmers Markets Increase

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One Comment on “Farmers’ Markets Increase by 17%”

  1. January 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Shout out to the Pinecrest Farmers Market at the old Parrot Jungle in Miami. Where else can you get a full-grown, fully loaded tomato plant for $10? Ten bucks! Seriously, the last time I got a deal that good, I was down in Overtown scoring a bag of… Point is, local markets rock. Say hi to Lori Hollander if you make it down to Pinecrest. Apparently she grubs up a bunch of produce from the merchants before the market opens and whips up something on site from whatever’s on hand (which is everything). Nice lady who makes a mean potato-greenbean pesto. Link below.

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