New Mexico aims to make clearinghouse for farmers markets

Farmers Market

LAS CRUCES (AP) – New Mexico agriculture officials are asking for help in creating a clearinghouse for the price of goods found at farmers’ markets.

The state agriculture department is looking for people across New Mexico who can take a few notes about the prices of fruits and vegetables, eggs and specialty items such as honey and mushrooms that are being sold at their local markets.

Officials say the goal is to help New Mexico growers – and customers – know the price range of produce at local markets.

Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte says some growers shy away from selling their produce at local markets because they simply don’t know how to price their items, while consumers think farmers’ markets are more expensive than going to the grocery store.

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