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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
The supermarket isn't the only place you can find your produce.

Several farmers markets around the river region see a lot of customers looking for fresh fruit and veggies this time of year.

"You cant beat the Alabama tomatoes that we have that come out in the spring, and early summer. You can't get the same taste in a grocery store," said Cheryl Taff.

Taff and her husband enjoy being able to form connections with the farmers that supply their food. 

"It gives the farmer a direct link to sell the product to the customer and it gives the customer a direct link to buy fresh locally grown produce that's different from the grocery store," said John Aplin, one of the owners of Aplin farms. 

It's that direct connection to the consumer that many credit the success of farmers markets across the state of Alabama. According to Aplin, there are now 153 markets in Alabama compared to just seven markets, ten years ago.

With the unusual cold winter, many were worried about the crop turnout this year. However, the bitter cold actually helped some crops. 

"We're probably ten days late on tomatoes. It actually helped out fruit crop," said Joe Lambrecht, owner of Oakview Farms Granary. "We've got a great fruit crop, the peaches are the best we've had in years. Out blueberries and blackberries have all done real well. And now that we've got some heat and some sun, all of our other crops are coming in."

Lambrecht says that good harvest means good news for the local economy. 

"When you spend money with us here, it stays in our community. It's grown, produced, and we put it right back in our community, right here in central Alabama."

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