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Dozens purchase local at College Hill's first farmers' market

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Dozens of people made their way to Cedar Falls this afternoon to shop at College Hill's first farmers' market. Dozens of people made their way to Cedar Falls this afternoon to shop at College Hill's first farmers' market.
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Dozens of people made their way to Cedar Falls this afternoon to shop at College Hill's first farmers' market.

On Thursday afternoon, 10 different vendors participated in the first farmers' market, selling items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, maple syrup and herbs.

The farmers' market comes after a survey given by the College Hill Partnership and the University of Northern Iowa revealed the number one thing residents of the College Hill area wanted was a farmers' market.

It's a trend that can be seen across the nation -- communities looking to buy fresh and buy local, in order to get fresh products and keep money within their community.

Rachel Wobeter is with the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education. She say's she has noticed an increase in farmers' markets over the years.

"I have seen data from across the nation that there are a lot more farmers markets in the past 15 years," Wobeter said.

According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture Food Dollar report, for every dollar spent on food, only about 16 cents goes to farmers. Farmers' markets allow farmers to obtain that whole dollar, she said, instead of a small percentage.

"It varies a lot whether you are buying internationally, maybe from Mexico," Wobeter said. "A farmer may get less then a tenth of a percent of that dollar, but here at the market, they are getting that full dollar, going towards their hard work. So it is a big benefit to the producers to have this venue."

Farmers' markets not only benefit producers, but the consumer, who is able to purchase farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables.

The College Hill Farmers Market is sponsored by the College Hill Partnership and University of Northern Iowa. It will continue every Thursday until October 31.

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