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A customer shops for produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on March 27th, 2014 in San Francisco.
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February 5, 2015 The rate of growth in the number of farmers markets and sales there has slowed in recent years. But that could mean the entire local food movement is growing up.
A customer shops for produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco in March.
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October 2, 2014 Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it's sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets really is local.
Economists say small-business owners — especially farmers dealing in high volume and low profit margins — are more likely to accept a volatile currency like Bitcoin than bigger businesses.
November 12, 2013 There aren't many businesses accepting Bitcoin just yet, so what's bringing together the futuristic currency with the age-old profession of farming? Some say credit card fees play a big role.
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July 24, 2013 Under a program at two New York City hospitals, doctors are prescribing fresh produce to obese or overweight patients. It's part of an effort to connect low-income patients with healthful foods at local farmers markets.
A Vermont farm stand. The state excels at getting the produce to the people.
April 9, 2013 Vermont tops the nation when it comes to locally produced food, according to a new ranking from the nonprofit Strolling of the Heifers. Having farmers markets, CSA programs and distribution systems all helps.
Oxbow Public Market in Napa, Calif., opened in 2007 and was designed to blend in with the surrounding architecture.
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October 1, 2012 Urbanites and developers keen on fresh food and a more personable shopping experience are rediscovering the old public markets and rebuilding them.
On a corner in Washington, D.C., where stores burned during riots 44 years ago, there's now a plaza where farmers sell produce on Saturday mornings.
August 30, 2012 The farmers markets opening up in lower-income neighborhoods may not be as good a business for farmers, but they're helping build community. And they're making fresh food available that people might have thought was outside of their budget.
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Georgia O'Neal harvests winter greens at the Tree and Leaf Farm in Unionville, Va., on March 16, 2011.
December 28, 2011 Winter veggies from your local farmer may be coming to you or may already be near you, says says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But even though more farmers are finding a way to maintain the harvest, coaxing vegetables out of the ground when the air is chilly and the wind is brisk is tough work.
Desmond Brown sells fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market outside the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
November 14, 2011 More than half of the $5 billion in local food sales came not from farmers' markets but from restaurants and grocery stores, according to a government report. Those points of sale have attracted bigger farmers who might not bother with direct-to-consumer sales.
The regular old supermarket is still king for choice, price and convenience
October 14, 2011 The online services offer wide variety and avoid the major disadvantage producers face at farmer's markets, like figuring out how much inventory to bring. But they haven't quite figured out the magic combination of choice, price and convenience to beat the grocery store.
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