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Farmers’ Markets Week In Mass.

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BOSTON (AP) — Farmers’ markets across Massachusetts are being celebrated this week.

The week kicks off today with the 27th annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest at Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

The state’s secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard Sullivan, says farm markets are not only festive places to  find fresh, locally grown products but also help keep agricultural traditions alive.

Agriculture commissioner Scott Soares says there are 245 farm markets open this summer, and many will continue indoors next winter.

He says the number has more than doubled since 2005.

An interactive map of farmers’ markets statewide is available at mass.gov.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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