FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Maybe it's high gas prices, or this
summer's salmonella produce scare. But Paducah grower Danny Garrett
says his produce business selling fresh veggies at a roadside store
and a local farmer's market is up this year.
Farmers' markets are growing in numbers across Kentucky and the
state has been ramping up its efforts promoting farmers' markets.
This summer the state Capitol grounds was host to a large
farmers' market with more than 20 growers. Last week was designated
to honor farmers' markets throughout Kentucky.
Agriculture Department spokesman Bill Clary says four years ago
there were about 85 farmers' markets in Kentucky and now there are
Farmer Jonathan Hostetler says he thinks the recent national
salmonella scare involving tomatoes and peppers has helped local
growers because consumers want to know who's growing their produce.