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Shoppers crowd local farmers market in Idaho Falls

By Stephanie Hale-Lopez
Published On: May 05 2013 02:23:53 AM CDT

Organizers say it's good for the economy and good for you to support local vendors. They say what you can get at a farmer's market beats buying the same item at a supermarket.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

The month of May means all local farmers markets are opening for the season.

In Idaho Falls Saturday afternoon, dozens of shoppers had access to fresh foods, handmade crafts and even home gardening products.

Farmers markets have been around as long as there have been farmers.  

Organizers say it's good for the economy and good for you to support local vendors. They say what you can get at a farmer's market beats buying the same item at a supermarket.

"There's that commitment from the customer and from the vendor to not only buy quality, but to sell good quality products," said Kim Little, market manager.

At the Idaho Falls market, local-area vendors have been providing the community with food, art, and even plants for the last two decades.

"They have selected these varieties because they know they'll work, they have the information to ensure success and they can share with their customers what works and what protection they might need in order for these plants to do well," said Little.

Chuck Gertsch is one of those vendors. His booth, "Sunflower Gardens," has been at the market for more than a decade.

"These are tomato plants that I start from seed and I grow," said Gertsch. "I start them in my basement under grow lights actually, then I move them to a green house. Eventually when they're ready I bring them here and sell them."

And Little says it's that relationship and trust between the vendors and the customers that makes the market a success.

The market sees a steady flow of customers every Saturday, but the busiest hours are 10 to noon.

Dogs are allowed, but only on a leash.

The Idaho Falls market is open every Saturday until October 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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