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The Opportunity to Sell Locally-grown Produce Locally

The idea of truck farming has been around for years. 

A local farmer grows vegetables and other crops, harvests them then sells them directly in a local market which can be a village, town or city.  This is the way the business of agriculture operated for the ten thousand years or so that have passed since humans moved from a hunter-gatherer economy and settled in fixed places.  Large agri-business companies changed this pattern between the end of the 19th century and now which has made it possible for a small percentage of the world’s population to feed the rest of us but tends to separate the local buyer from food producers.

The local food movement of the past decade demonstrates that there is a market for farmers and other food producers to locally grown vegetables and other farm products. 

A new study published earlier in March 2013 in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development finds that “farmers who really made a conscious decision to sell local and mo…