Popularity of Local Vegetables Creates Problems in M.D.; Colle Farmers Market Responds

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There are reportedly more active farmers markets than ever in Maryland as the popularity of local vegetables continues to grow, but the demand is simply too high for many farmers to keep up with. Colle Farmers Market responds.

On March 22, Colle Farmers Market responds to an article from the Eldersburg Patch in Maryland about the growing demand of local vegetables in the state and how farmers are not able to keep up.

According to the article, although the number of farmers and farmers markets are increasing throughout Maryland, they are still unable to satisfy the high demand for locally grown produce. The subject was brought up at the most recent Maryland Farmers Market Conference.

The difficulty of starting a small farm and breaking into the business was cited as one of the main reasons for the short supply of local vegetables. An acre of farmland in Maryland typically costs around $7,000 to $10,000, and “supporting small-scale farms is the best way to help the industry grow.”

Colle Farmers Market responds, agreeing that small-scale farms need to be supported, but that there also needs to be some legitimate solutions to the problem. As long as people continue to demand local vegetables, there will be a way for farmers to make money. The company went on to suggest that perhaps there should be some sort of new loan program designed for farmers that are just starting out.

One Maryland farmer, Jennie Dorrell, who owns the family-run farm Lavender Hills, was quoted in the article. “If you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you just kind of have to do things as the money becomes available,” she said. Dorrell has been selling to farmers markets for years since she does not produce enough to sell to grocery stores.

Colle added that grocery stores should also start making an effort to cater to smaller farms such as Lavender Hills. Since the demand for local vegetables is so high in Maryland, even big-chain stores stand to make a considerable profit.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.

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