While tree fruit growers are counting the chill hours, the nip in the air isn't cooling Americans' appetite for locally grown produce, according to a US Agriculture Department report on winter farmers markets. California has seen a 12 percent increase in winter farmers markets over the past year, today totaling more than 150. New York is the only state to have more winter farmers markets, with 180. The Agriculture Department says that winter farmers markets meet the need of consumers looking to buy locally grown food throughout the year.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Winter farmers markets thriving in California
From the California Farm Bureau Federation: