Direct Sales in Agriculture Promoting Local Economic Recovery

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.