A report by the state comptroller says there are now 138 farmers' markets operating in the Big Apple, where shoppers can buy fruit and vegetables grown in fields and orchards within a morning's drive of the city.
There are now 48 farmers' markets located in Brooklyn, 39 in Manhattan, 32 in the Bronx, 17 in Queens and two in Staten Island, according to the report.
The number of markets statewide has more than doubled in the past decade to over 500, and according to the Department of Agriculture there are now 7,864 farmers’ markets nationwide, up from 2,863 in 2000, the report says.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released the report Saturday to coincide with national Farmers' Market Week.
“Farmers’ markets boost local economies and promote a healthy and sustainable food system,” DiNapoli said. "These markets enhance communities and the lives of those who live nearby.”
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