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Farmers markets spring up in Idaho

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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Spring is here, the growing season is upon us, and Idaho farmers markets are beginning to offer fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, farm fresh eggs and fresh cut flowers to consumers.

Farmers markets are rapidly gaining popularity all across Idaho as consumer interest in locally grown produce continues to rise.

"Consumers increasingly want to know where their food comes from; farmers markets provide an excellent opportunity for them to establish a relationship with local farmers," said Lacey Menasco, trade specialist at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. "And with a wide variety of live music, arts and crafts, and ready to eat foods, they are a great place for a fun family outing as well."

This year Idaho boasts 53 markets across the state, many open multiple days per week. Depending on the growing season in each area, the markets will be open as early as April and run through September or October.

Every year the Idaho State Department of Agriculture produces a Guide to Idaho Farmers Markets. The guide provides the dates, times and locations of the markets, as well as the point of contact for the market. The guide can be accessed online at agri.idaho.gov. For more information about farmers markets contact Lacey Menasco at the Market Development Division at (208) 332-8535 or send an e-mail to lacey.menasco@agri. idaho.gov.



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Original Publication Date: April 25, 2012



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