In Hudson Valley, Farmers’ Markets Offer Local Food and Local Chat

“In 2007 we saw a significant uptick of visitors, reflecting this mind-set shift toward ‘buying local,’ ” said Cheryl Paff, business manager for the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market in Dutchess County, now in its 15th year. Food safety concerns also contribute to their popularity, said Diane Eggert, executive director of the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York.

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