Demand for Local Produce, Markets Continue to Grow

Locally grown produce has been on the rise lately, and it’s not hard to see why. Through farmers markets and co-ops, small-scale producers are finding ways to venture into the farm-fresh scene to the applause of local consumers. Rick Snyder, vegetable specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station says, “This segment of agriculture is growing, and I think we are only going to see the need for small-scale producers increase in the coming years.” Farmers markets offer a place for the community to gather and exchange knowledge, especially from the farmers to consumers, about why only certain offerings are available compared to the grocery store where one might find all sorts of out-of-season produce. Learn what other benefits this growing trend brings with it, after the jump.

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