Chickpea boom, good for local farmers

Chickpea boom, good for local farmers

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Chickpea boom, good for local farmers

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The rising popularity of hummus across the nation has been good for farmers like Aaron Flansburg.

Flansburg, who farms 1,900 acres amid the rolling hills of southeastern Washington, has been increasing the amount of the chickpeas used to make hummus by about one-third each year to take advantage of good prices and demand.

Acreage devoted to chickpeas has exploded in the past decade in Washington and Idaho, which grow two-thirds of the nation's supply. Flansburg says Chickpeas require little water, and that's a major plus in the dry region.

Hummus, once an exotic Middle Eastern food that was hard to find, is now sold in grocery stores, big and small.

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