Friday, April 18, 2008

Local Food is the New Hit

While supermarkets are increasing their variety of fruits and vegetables and are lowering prices daily, there is something about organically focused farmers' markets that attracts consumers. This story is about the success of one particular market in Boulder, Colorado, and how its opening has affected the entire community.

Buy Local: A Growing Trend

The first week of April in Boulder, Colorado, brings an unofficial holiday to the area. The widely celebrated Farmers' Market marked its opening day on the first Saturday of the month, bringing a substantial turnout of both venders and consumers. The market is becoming a popular shopping spot for community members, and reflects the growing trend of buying local and organic food products that is strongly emerging nationwide.

The U.S. organic food sales were growing at an annual rate of 20.9 percent in 2006, according to the
Organic Trade Association's 2007 Manufacturer Survey. The report also anticipates an 18 percent average overall growth from 2007 to 2010 in organic food products.

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