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Farmers grow relationships at local markets

Ripe, juicy tomatoes. Fresh cheese. Pies made by nuns that are so good theyll make you think theyre really made by the devil. These are just a few reasons why many foodies spring to a farmers market. But the farmers have their reasons for selling at these markets.

Merrill D. Marxman, market manager, is the general wrangler for eight farmers markets in the south suburbs.

Born and raised a cattle and produce farmer in Effingham, Marxman believes in the importance of buying locally.

When youre buying locally, youre buying fresh and you get to know the farmer who is growing what theyre selling, Marxman said.

For the full story and listing of farmers markets in the south suburbs, click here.

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