WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Farmers markets are growing in Kansas.
The number of farmers markets statewide has tripled in the past 20 years to 79 this year. And in some cities and towns, like Wichita, markets have expanded from their traditional Saturday to other days of the week.
Organizers don't count how many people visit the markets, but observers say they're gaining popularity thanks in part to the sagging economy and concerns over food-borne illnesses like salmonella.
Kansas Ag Secretary Adrian Polansky visited a mid-week market next to the Statehouse in Topeka. He says the little markets are good for consumers and producers and also provide the public with a good chance to meet growers face to face.
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