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Farmers Markets Have Become Increasingly Popular

July 4th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The 2013 Maryland Farmers’ Market is one of the more high profile events sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The weekly events began in Cumberland in May and in Frostburg last month.
Farmers markets have become increasingly popular as interest in purchasing fresh, local food and connecting directly with farmers who grow the food has risen.  In 1991, there were only 20 markets in the state; there were 88 in 2008; 128 last year; and there will be 131 this year.  In 2009 Policy Choices Survey, the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy found that 77 percent of Marylanders want to buy produce that is identified as having been grown by a Maryland farmer.  Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture, made a recent stop in Maryland…


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