Farmers Markets Help Kansas City Fight Worsening Inflation

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According to the Agricultural Resource Marketing Center, the number of farmers markets across the country has increased more than 7% since 2013.

The butchers, florists, grocers and educators in attendance at the Eat Local and Organic Expo have witnessed these increases firsthand. They expect the trend will continue as more households choose to stock their refrigerators with locally produced goods.

The other trend most vendors predicted: minimal inflation at the farmers market as compared to the grocery store. The U.S. Department of Labor reported this week that overall food prices rose 8.8% over the past 12 months, with grocery prices increasing 10%.

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Break Out the Tote Bags: Farmers Market Season Has Arrived

Last Saturday, dozens of vendors filled the gymnasium at Johnson County Community College for the Eat Local and Organic Expo. The event, organized by KC Healthy Kids and the Brookside Farmers' Market, served as a kickoff to Kansas City's farmers market season.