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A new state report says there are more Farmers Markets in the state than ever before. 

The report was released Saturday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli as part of a celebration of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Farmers Market week.  

There are more than 500 markets in all, which is more than double the amount of markets that were 12 years ago. 

"Farmers' markets boost local economies and promote a healthy and sustainable food system," DiNapoli said. "New York is home to over 500 farmers' markets, more than double the number since 2000, and there are no signs of a slowdown. These markets enhance communities and the lives of those who live nearby."  

New York City is home to 138 farmers' markets, with 48 located in Brooklyn, 39 in Manhattan, 32 in the Bronx, 17 in Queens and two in Staten Island. 

Both New York State and New York City have undertaken initiatives to increase access to farmers' markets for low-income households. 

Officials say the open-air markets boost the local economy and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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