According to Laura Christman at Redding News,
Invigorating the local food economy goes beyond buying kale and beets at the farmers market. Food analyst Ken Meter says [Minnesotta] needs to encourage food-related businesses that would buy from farmers and keep dollars in the region.
In studying Minnesota’s food economy in several states, Meter concluded that “of the $912 million in food purchases made yearly, $800 million is spent on foods that come from outside the region.” His study shows that a state’s food economy could be strengthened by encouraging local businesses to buy directly from farmers and ranchers. As an example, he described a small Ohio dairy that sells to a nearby ice cream business. This ice cream business also buys berries and other items from local farmers to use as flavorings.
Read more on his findings here.