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Stephan Jennebach, owner of Firebrick Breads, was looking for a place to sell his bread indoors in the winter months and helped start Zumbrota's winter farmers market.

Winter farmers markets are growing in popularity

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The number of indoor farmers markets in the United States has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture reported in November. That year there were just more than 1,200 winter markets; now, that number sits at slightly less than 1,700.


"These investments are a win-win," Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said. "Farmers have more stability, and consumers have a reliable supply of local food, regardless of the season."

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.