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Farmers Market Growers Stay Busy

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 Many of you are bypassing the produce aisle and heading straight for the market.
Ag Reporter Sarah Heinrich visits with some local farmers about this year's season. 

A rainy start to the day...isn't enough to keep shoppers away. 
Even if not all the crops are ready for picking. 
(Pam Anderson / Grower) "We've had an increase in membership for vendors. But nobody's stuff is ready because of the cold, cold June. once the cucumbers kick in. The green beans haven't quite kicked in yet, the tomatoes, then it gets crazy and we love it. 
(Darcy Dockter / Grower) "It's been a slow start. Everyone is coming around looking for cucumbers and we should be going full bore on cucumbers. But, I think within the next two weeks they will be flooding the market and of course, tomatoes, they are about 30 days behind. 
This is Capitol Farmers Market in the KMart Parking Lot. 
Pam's been selling for 29 years.
Darcy for 12.
Both agree, more and more of you want to know where your food comes from.
(Darcy Dockter / 12 Years at Farmers Market) "Naturally grown stuff, the percentage has gone up quite a bit. From when I first started people didn't really care. There was probably about 15% of the people that were buying natural or organic. Now I would say its 60-70% of the people looking for organic or naturally grown food. "
(Sarah Heinrich / KX News) "Dockter says that if there is one crop he can't grow enough of it's an American favorite, the potatoes." 
He says potatoes are always a sell out, but this year's crop is running behind schedule. 
(Darcy Dockter / 12 Years at Farmers Market) "I love growing potatoes and I can never bring enough to market. They are always gone when I go home everyday. The flavor is just outstanding." 
Anderson says while the crops are a little behind...they are ready for the busy season to strike.
(Pam Anderson / Grower)"What is always a favorite? CUCUMBERS bar none, peas are probably second. Tomatoes are right up there too." 
(Darcy Dockter / 12 Years at Farmers Market) "We appreciate every customers that comes." 

Capitol Farmers Market is every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to sell out at the KMart Parking Lot. 

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