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Demand for Farmers' Markets Outstrips Farmers
Demand for local and organically grown vegetables is skyrocketing, and the number of farmers' markets is on the rise, but there may not be enough farmers to supply them, according to an article from The News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, posted on the Environmental News Network. The number of Illinois farmers' markets could rise this year from 157 to 200, if enough producers can be found to provide them with goods. The amount of produce grown in the state is currently only 3 percent of the amount consumed, according to the state's Department of Agriculture. Advocates of increasing local vegetable production say it's a market opportunity for farmers, especially when coupled with agritourism activities.
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