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Year-Round Farmers' Markets Spreading Across the U.S.

A growing number of farmers' markets have begun operating throughout the winter months, even in northern states like Massachusetts. The expansion is fueled at least in part by an increasing number of people who wish to eat locally produced food year-round.

Currently, there are close to 900 winter farmers' markets in the U.S. This is a 17 percent increase from just two years ago.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"Perhaps surprisingly, several northern states are among those with the largest numbers of winter markets, including Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut and Michigan ... A USDA survey found markets that operated for more than seven months in a year had three times the amount of sales revenue per month and twice as many customers per week as those that didn't."

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