Freshness is the irresistible magnate for those who regularly flock to farmers markets, say customers and organizers alike. That, combined with people’s growing interest in the quality of foods they consume, has resulted in more farmers markets sprouting up in the region in recent years.
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To make nutritious foods and homegrown produce more accessible to a low-income clientele, the markets now can accept federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment cards electronically.
More will bloom in the future as people switch to home grown food Overall the number of farmers markets in North Dakota is increasing. Consumers can access locally produced meat and plant products easily through farmers markets and interact with their food’s grower.
Markets in Albert Lea, Alexandria, Austin, Bemidji, Bloomington, Duluth, Richfield and Staples are adding the capability this year, joining multiple markets in Minneapolis, Mankato, Rochester and St. Paul.
In the 30 years Doug “Farmer Doug” Hoffbauer has been selling his fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, he typically had one option to go to in Duluth: the market in the East Hillside at 14th Avenue East and Third Street.
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