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Farmers Markets today haven't changed much-- it's still a place you can come sell, barter and buy fresh produce often from those who grew it. And, because of the current demand for local goods-- North Dakota farmers markets might be even more popular in 20-14.

Bonnie Campo reports in this week's Eye on Agriculture.

(Marvin Baker, President North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association) "When I got involved with this organization it was in 2005, and I have seen this organization go from 14 to up to 60 farmers markets in this state. People want to know where they're food is coming from. They want to know it's safe. They want to know the farmer, put a face to the product."

Baker said the some of the best items to take to or buy at the market at rooted vegetables and melon. But, buying locally has a even greater economic benefit for the state.

(Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner) "it's good for the state because it enhance our rural communities, and enhances our economic viability. But, the other thing is, it does offset some of what comes into this state. Especially when you look at some of the vegetable production and fruit production. If you can buy it local you're not necessarily bring it in, and it gives us an opportunity on other products we can export those beyond our boarders. Maybe into another country, maybe into another state."

Local produce usually cost a little more than what you find at large super centers, but those growing it say it's worth it.

(Marvin Baker, President North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association) "We try and keep them competitive, but sometimes it might be a little bit more because you're adding that labor cost in there. But, you're going to be getting tomato's that taste like tomato's, and not like cardboard."

Because farming is such a large industry in North Dakota-- both the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Market says it only makes more since that we take advantage of what's in our own back yards. For KXnews I'm Bonnie Campo.

The North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association hopes to someday have year-round service, but for now their business starts in late June and runs until the end of October.

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