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Number of Farmer's Markets Increasing



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 03, 2012
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, there are about 830 markets in the state.  That's up almost 100 from last year. 
 
Kathleen Merrigan with the USDA says the economy and the demand for fresh, healthy food have caused a 10-percent increase in markets nationwide, "We know that we need to grow the number of farmers in this country -with the aging of the American farmer- and one way to do that is to make sure that people have stepping stones into American agriculture and farmer's markets is a great way to start "
 
Merrigan says some of the increased demand for farmer's markets has come about because of increased access for the poor.  The USDA has equipped about one-third of the nation's markets with the ability to accept EBT cards for food stamps recipients.
 
There are nearly 7900 markets nationwide.
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