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Farmers’ markets see growth in sales

The four markets that make up the Farmers Market Coalition, including the one in King George County, served more than 100,000 customers in 2012 and contributed $1.5 million to the local farm and food economy.

That’s according to the 2012 End-of-Season Report prepared by the coalition, known as The Farmers (not .com).

Shoppers who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, formerly known as food stamps, can shop at the farmers’ markets with tokens. Other shoppers also can use credit cards to generate $5 market tokens.

Last year, the markets generated $131,097 in token sales last year, more than double the sales for the previous years.  “This is great news for everyone, particularly the 65-plus farmers served by our regional markets and all of us concerned with strengthening our local economy and preserving our precious farmland,” said DeLaura Padovan, the director of King George’s market.

Here’s the complete report: TheFarmersMarket Co EndofSeasonReport2012