Farmers market sales to hit $11.5m in 2013, Comer says

jpatton1@herald-leader.comAugust 7, 2013 

Kentucky's farmers markets are having significant economic impact on local communities, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said.

This week is National Farmers' Market Week. In Kentucky, more than 145 markets in 100 counties are registered with the state, selling cheese, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, meats, honey, wine, herbs, mushrooms, fresh cut flowers, arts and crafts, and even pet treats.

"We expect farmers market sales to reach $11.5 million this year," Comer said. "We've also found that 62 markets are housed in permanent structures, with funding approved for six more, compared to 34 in 2006. More and more farmers markets are becoming permanent members of their local communities."

To find a Kentucky farmers market, go to Kyagr.com/marketing/farmers-market-directory.aspx.

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