7 reasons to shop farmers markets

Photo by Metro ServiceFresh, seasonal produce abounds at local farmers’ markets. ■ Chronicle News Service (Metro Service) A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you – if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets doubled across the country. Farmers’ markets will continue to thrive and expand as people increasingly realize the benefits of supporting local food providers. Buyers who are not yet familiar with farmers’ markets have seven reasons to break the ice. 1. Enjoy fresh, seasonal foods. Foods at farmers’ markets tend to be

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