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Good Question: How local is your local farmers market?

The Farmers Market Coalition says there are some 5,000 farmers markets across the country, double the number from just ten years ago.

Good Question: How local is your local farmers market?

For 35 years people have been coming here to the Lexington Farmers Market and buying local.

"We've got a wide array of products from homegrown seasonal items to exquisite value added items like Kentucky wines and honey." said Jeff Dabbelt the Market Manager for the Lexington Farmers Market.

Dabbelt says when you arrive with your shopping list you'll find products available from 20 different counties.

"It could be as local as Fayette county within the city limits near Red Mile, several dozen farmers within Fayette County as well as all the continuous counties, Bourbon, Scott all the way down to Casey and Pulaski." said Dabbelt.

Nationally there is a push to accurately define a farmers market.

A 2006 survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 63% of markets only allow vendors to sell products they produced.

Different places define local differently.

The Bluegrass Farmers Market on Richmond Road boasts it is the only market with 100% homegrown produce.

At the Lexington Farmers Market the approach is different, they are primarily Kentucky based, but they also allow produce and other items to come from a wider radius.

Dabbelt says local also means getting what is in season and that could mean tomatoes from Florida.

Bottom line he says shopping and buying local gives you a one on one experience you don't get at a box store.

"There are many homegrown legitimate local products here, literally look the people in the eye that grew or raised it, ask them the appropriate questions." said Dabbelt.

For more on times and locations for farmers markets in Lexington just go to their websites.


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