11 Jan '12, 9am

Get Out And Buy Local! Winter Farmers Markets Are Thriving

Get Out And Buy Local! Winter Farmers Markets Are Thriving

Not so long ago, the end of summer meant the end of fresh, local produce for most of the country, as farmers markets tapered down operations in early fall when the ground started to harden. But not anymore. According to the US Department of Agriculture, winter farmers markets have seen a 38% increase since 2010, and today there are more than 1,200 winter markets operating across the country . “Consumers are looking for more ways to buy locally grown food throughout the year,” Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said. “Through winter markets, American farmers are able to meet this need and bring in additional income to support their families and businesses.” As the USDA’s blog points out, winter farmers markets provide an opportunity for consumers to enjoy winter crops such as squash and pears, fresh from their local farmers. “Our sales at the winter market ev...

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