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One More Reason to Visit the Farmer’s Market

As if buying organic, pesticide and preservative-free food from a neighbor wasn’t enough.
By Matthew Foster
July 2008 Web

Photo by Laurel Kallenbach

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that farmers and ranchers receive only 20 percent of the price of food. The Department says that off-farm costs such as retailing, wholesaling, distribution, marketing and processing account for 80 percent of the cost on average while for specifics, the amount going to farmers is even less. Farmers receive less than 6 percent of the price of bread and barely 2 percent of the cost of beer.

Besides better-tasting, environmentally conscious food, there are lots of other reasons to eat local. Visit  to find a farmer’s market near you.

More about eating local food

• Live in the city and eat fresh, local produce. Check out America's top 10 urban farms.

• Be prepared for Saturday morning shopping. Read Natural Home's guide to farmer's markets.

• Need more reasons to shop at the farmer's market? We'll give you 10.

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