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Toledo Farmers Market

October 12, 2012
By Dawn Troutner , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for September 28th

This market evening brought out ten vendors and an excellent crowd to make their local purchases from their favorite farmer. The tables were a cornucopia of displays. Winter and summer squash, onions, tomatoes, peppers, arugula, collard greens, pumpkins, fresh and dried herbs, Indian corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, bakery, eggs, nut meats, honey and jams and jellies to name a few. There are only a few weeks of market left, be sure to come out and see the cornucopia displays.

There are more than 230 farmers markets throughout the state of Iowa. According to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, "Farmers markets are a great place to find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables that are nutritious and delicious." Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity as consumers seek fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. With the growth increase of farmers markets, you will see more farmers interested in raising fruits and vegetables and marketing them "locally". This will have an impact on the local food movement. There is no single definition of "local" in terms of the geographic and distance between production and consumption. But defining "local" based on marketing arrangements, such as farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers' markets. Those that prefer to eat locally grown/produced food sometimes call themselves locavores.

If you attend the Toledo Farmers Market you will notice each week the locavores that shop the market. The community has made a commitment to purchase local food and support the farmers that grow it. The farmers as well have made a commitment each week to supply the community with the local food. Thank-you for supporting the Toledo Farmers Market, this helps make us a very strong market. I feel the community knows whom their farmer is, as well as where their food comes from. Again I want to send a BIG Thank-you to all that support the Toledo Farmers' Market. Remember there are only a few weeks of market left to make those local purchases. See you at market.

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