Delaware farmers markets see record sales

    Delaware agriculture officials say the state’s farmers’ markets posted record sales this past season.

    Vendors at Delaware’s 29 farmers’ markets sold almost $2 million in fresh produce and other goods in the 2012 season.

    Produce accounted for 57 percent of the total sales, or $1.1 million. Other sales included value-added products, such as meats, cheeses, jellies, breads, salsa, eggs or honey.

    Officials say the record sales reflect the growing popularity of the local markets.

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    The 2011 season featured 16 market sites and brought in about $1.8 million, while the 2010 season had 14 sites and $1.3 million in sales.

    The most recent season included the launch of a pilot project allowing food stamp recipients to use electronic benefit cards at the Cool Spring and Village Fresh markets in Wilmington.

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