Farmers say Locally-Produced Fruit, Vegetables Taking Root

By: AP
By: AP

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ As prices for fuel and food continue to
rise, small farmers in northeast Kansas are seeing their fortunes
rise right along with them.

More residents are turning to locally grown fruits and vegetables as a way to cut food costs and avoid harmful chemicals and outbreaks of disease.

Kansas State University officials say there are 880 farms in Douglas County alone that grow at least $1,000 a year in produce. That's up from 809 a decade ago. Most of the goods are sold at local farmers' markets.

There are 2,000 acres in the Kansas River Valley producing local fruits and vegetables, down from more than three times that much three decades ago.

Farmers say they will continue to grow crops as long as demand
remains and they can afford to pay for fuel to transport them.

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