Farmers markets still growing in popularity

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Getting locally grown food right from the source is a growing trend.

Minnesota Grown has been tracking farmers markets for several decades. They found that the number of them around the state have grown more than four times.

In 1994, there were just over 40 across the state. Today, there are 176.

“A lot of people want to buy local products, and that’s a good thing for farmers markets. I think the flavor is better, it’s fresher, more nutritious. There’s a lot of reasons why they’re liking the farmers market,” said Verlys Huntley with the Albert Lea Farmers Market.

She said people also want to know more about their food.

“With more people not gardening on their own nowadays, they want to know where their food comes from, how it was grown, what it was sprayed with, if it was sprayed with anything. They’re more concerned about these things,” Huntley said.

She said it can be a social thing as well. People like to be able to talk to and get to know who is growing their food.

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