- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland Agriculture Department is launching a pilot project that could help consumers avoid sticker shock at farmers markets.

The agency said Monday it will start posting the prices of produce at five markets on its Maryland’s Best website in June. The project is joint venture with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

The participating markets are in Baltimore city and Allegany, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. The agency says it will post weekly lists of the average prices at each market. The sellers won’t be identified.

The agency says it expects to add other markets around the state.

The state agency says there currently is little reliable data on sale prices for produce sold through retail farmers markets.

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