Hodag Farmers Market opened, delay of fruits and vegetables Submitted: 06/01/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

Hodag Farmers Market opened, delay of fruits and vegetables
RHINELANDER - Sometimes it can be hard to find fresh vegetables and fruit at a grocery store, but so many people turn to farmers markets to buy locally grown food.

The Hodag Farmers Market opened Saturday in Rhinelander. People had the chance to shop for honey, maple syrup, crafts and a couple of vegetables in Pioneer Park.

The president of the farmers market says people not only like to chat with the vendors, but they like the wide selection to food to choose from.

"People are very conscious now a day of what they're eating and they know that they get healthy nutritious food here," Hodag Farmers Market president, Rick Bergman said.

Since this was the beginning of the farmers market, not every vegetable was available. One vendor blames the long winter for the slow start for some of the fruits and vegetables.

"We couldn't put the seed in because it would not germinate. Seed doesn't grow on envelopes," said Jim Witucki of Mount View Sugar Bush.
"So we gotta grow get it in the ground and now with this warm weather, we're finally planting, but it's going to take a while before we could start harvesting."

Jim Witucki says you can expect to see fruits and vegetables in about three to four weeks at the farmers market.

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The study's author, Dan McCole, is an associate professor of tourism and sustainability at Michigan State University.

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