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Farmers' Markets Opening in QCA

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The day has come. 

Saturday is the official opening for nearly a dozen farmers' markets all over the QCA, a place where local farmers and vendors can sell their products directly to consumers.

It's a day that consumers and providers are looking forward to.

"Farmers' markets are important because it's a resource for people to start a business," says Jane Weber, Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Growers Association. "It's a place for consumers to get fresh vegetables, flowers and meats and eggs and cheeses."

In 2006, a law passes, allowing food stamp users to use that money at the market. 

Weber says some vendors saw their profits rise from 10-35%, all because people in need, had a healthier option. 

Right now, she says a cold winter will make for a slim selection in the early part of the season. 

But that shouldn't stop people from coming out.

"If you can have the fresh product, when it's in season here," Weber says, "They have so much more flavor than something that has been in cold storage for awhile."

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