CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Farmer's markets in West Virginia are hoping to put all their eggs in one basket by forming a statewide coalition.
Monongalia County farmer Susan Sauter is heading up the charge, with the help of a six-thousand-dollar grant from the state Department of Agriculture.
A group of farmers market coordinators plans to meet in Fairmont this August to discuss the creation of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association. They will elect a board, approve rules and draft a plan on how to become a part of the National Farmer's Market Association.
The W-V-F-M-A hopes to provide a good resource for local farmers and farmers markets, with a Web site that offers downloadable marketing materials and templates that can help spread the word about their wares.
The group also hopes to find a way to get a reduced rate on a group insurance policy.