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US: Delaware farmers’ markets very successful in 2017

Delaware farmers’ market sales, only amounting to $289,706 in 2007, have generated $3,004,174 in 2017.

In 2017, there were 21 community-run farmers’ markets in Delaware. These markets are economic drivers for the state’s agricultural industry. Fresh produce made up 53 percent of total sales, with the remainder coming from products such as meats, cheeses, jellies, breads, salsa, eggs, or honey. Both residents and visitors of the state continue to buy locally because of the fresh, high quality products that Delaware’s farm families grow.

“Farmers’ markets play an important role in providing Delaware grown fruits, vegetables, and value-added products to both rural and urban communities across our state,” said Delaware Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Stacey Hofmann. “We are starting to see an important change in the attendance at farmers’ markets – and that is more and more children are attending with adults. This is exciting because research shows if children are able to select their fruits and vegetables, then they are more likely to eat them. Learning to making healthy choices now, with the help of role models, will encourage a lifetime of healthy eating.”

News.delaware explains how Delaware farmers’ markets are all run at the local level, by municipalities, business groups, farmers or market associations, with the Department of Agriculture providing support and marketing assistance.

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