NJ Farmer's Markets Are Revitalization Tools
By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
July 4, 2012
Farmer’s market season is in high gear after a warm winter has brought crops like peaches and blueberries to an early peak. But it’s not just the fresh produce bringing shoppers in.
The number of farmer’s markets in New Jersey has been steadily growing over the last decade… from just 35 markets in 2001 to 148 this summer.
State Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher says farmer’s markets are an important tool for revitalization groups looking to bring more foot traffic to their main drags.
“Sometimes there’s entertainment, sometimes there’s educational opportunities and just a whole number of ways people can enjoy being at the farmer’s market.”
Fisher says they hark back to simpler times when farmers brought their produce on carts and respond to a growing demand for local fruits and vegetables.
© 2012 WBGO News
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