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As reported in Mainebiz last week, the Pittsfield-based Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets has released a new Farmers' Market Trail map for coastal markets from Bath to Lubec. The full-color map features 20 markets and a related brochure includes a description of each market, suggestions for free outdoor activities near each and original artwork depicting each market's character. Leigh Hallett, executive director of the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, told Mainebiz the expanded map builds on Maine's strength as a local foods provider — as evidenced by the state's No. 2 ranking on the annual Locavore Index that's based on the number of farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture programs and other initiatives supporting locally grown foods. All together, Maine has approximately 120 summer farmers' markets and 30 to 35 winter markets.
How often do you buy your family's vegetables at a local farmers' market or through a CSA program?