Allen County, Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Farmers markets continue their rise in popularity, especially here in the Hoosier State. The rise is likely due to the growing request for fresh products that come straight from the farm.
According to a report by the Purdue Cooperative Extension service in Allen County, there are almost 4,800 farmers markets operating across the country. The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased from 1,755 in 1994 to 5,274 known facilities by mid-2009. Here in Allen County in 2010, the number of farmer's markets grew last summer and is expected to grow again this year.
As a result, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Allen County is hosting two workshops for the Market Masters and vendors to insure they have success in 2011. Workshops are set for Monday, February 21st, 2011 (registration deadline, February 14, 2011) and Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 (registration deadline, March 9, 2011). The workshops will be held from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., with lunch provided, in the Allen County Extension Office, located at 4001 Crescent Avenue in Fort Wayne. The cost is $10.00 each. Preregistration is required.
If you have any questions, call the Allen County Extension Office at 260-481-6826 and speak to Vickie J. Hadley. Registration forms are also located on the web page http://www.extension.purdue.edu/allen under Consumer and Family Science, Agriculture, or Horticulture.
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