Pennsylvania farmers are having a tough time these days with several industries struggling amid lower prices for goods, but there’s still one place to rake in business.
Farmers markets are thriving.
abc27 News spoke with vendors at the Farmers Market in Carlisle. Every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., local vendors, only those who grow or make their own stuff, sell it at the intersection of Hanover and High streets.
“We really get to talk to people about our growing process, our pricing. We go to 12 markets a week,” said Lauren Hebel of Three Springs Fruit Farm.
According to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, local markets are a smooth spot in a turbulent agricultural landscape. Growing concern over dwindling prices on certain products is a result of less consumer demand and expected to be influenced by new foreign tariffs.
The latest state budget increases agricultural spending by about two percent to fund various programs that assist farmers.
They are more profitable than larger distribution with middlemen. The Farm Bureau says most farmers supplying grocery stores earn as little as eight cents on the dollar.