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Minn. Farmers Markets See More Food Stamp Purchases

Updated: 11/17/2013 1:49 PM
Created: 11/17/2013 1:48 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Farmers markets in Minnesota saw a jump in the use of food stamps this year.
    
Nearly 60 farmers markets in Minnesota accept food stamps.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says $226,900 in food stamps were redeemed this year at those farmers markets or with farmers who sell directly to consumers. That's more than three times the $66,900 in food stamps that were redeemed in 2011.
    
Still, the spending of food stamps at farmers market represents less than 1 percent of total food stamp spending in the state.
    
Minnesota Public Radio News reports the growth is part of a national trend toward making fresh food more accessible to millions of people on food assistance.


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