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Eat Local in Winter: As eat-local trend grows, farmers markets go year-round

Opt-farmersmarketAs Americans show greater interest in eating locally produced fruits and vegetables, an increasing number of farmers markets are selling year-round.

Since 2010, the number of winter markets jumped 38% from 886 to 1,225 in August 2011, according to the updated National Farmers Market Directory.

These winter markets, defined as those operating at least once between November and March, now account for nearly 17% of the nation’s 7,222 operating farmers markets.

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