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How did people start trading crops?

For thousands of years farmers took their spare food to the local village marketplace on market day. (This still happens in many parts of the world.) The farmers would sell their food to market goers, traders and local shops.

As travel became easier, a wider range of farmers could make it to markets and food produce could travel further to be sold in different towns on different market days. In time, merchants and local shops specialised in different produce (e.g. butcher, baker, greengrocer). People in towns started buying their food from these merchants or shops all through the week instead of just at markets on market days.
Farmers started selling their produce directly to shops.

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Trading crops