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Gorge farmers markets aim for $1 million in sales

Gorge farmers’ markets begin opening for the 2013 season this month with the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market (Thursdays in Hood River), the Hood River Saturday Market and the Goldendale Farmers’ Market (Saturdays).

By the end of June the gorge will have 13 bustling farmers’ markets in full swing. Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) recently brought together the managers and vendors from these markets to share resources, coordinate efforts and set goals.

For 2013, Gorge Grown Food Network has created a Gorge Farmers’ Markets Pocket Guide to help people discover all of these unique markets. Contact your local market manager.

“The farmers’ markets of the gorge are a strong, unified team and together they have set a regional goal of $1 million in gross sales for 2013,” said Todd Dierker, co-director of GGFN.

Farmers’ Markets support local economic development with direct and indirect benefits including sales revenues, job creation and the spurring of additional economic activity as a result of the markets. GGFN is collecting region-wide data as an attempt to measure the impact that farmers’ markets have in the Columbia River Gorge region.

The farmers’ markets of the gorge are ready to expand. Farmers, prolific gardeners, hot food vendors, or other food producers interested in selling products at a farmers’ markets may contact the manager of that market immediately. The most thorough, up-to-date list of farmers’ markets in the gorge and market contacts is available at www.gorgegrown.com.

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