Reimagining Farm To Table

Farmer's Market Michigan

My son who lives in Ann Arbor where there is a fabulous farmer’s market told me that as much as he wants to support the market, he ends up with better choices at his local Whole Foods. And it’s sad to admit that I didn’t get to my local farmer’s market even once this year. These markets simply haven’t kept pace with the other places we frequent for good produce.

Even though the number of farmer’s markets in the United States has gone from 1,744 in 1994 to 8,144 in 2013, they account for less than 1 percent of domestic food sales.


That’s why the sustainable food movement is altering market infrastructures from local markets into food hubs that actively manage the aggregation and distribution of local producers. The majority of the hubs are clustered in progressive farming regions like the Northeast, the upper Midwest, especially Wisconsin, and the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia and North Carolina and I’ll bet money that that’s where Whole Foods goes for their purchases.

Some hubs simply bundle the produce of multiple small farms to reach the consistent volumes and product diversity required to supply local markets. Some are virtual marketplaces that allow chefs to find available produce from regional farms and buy it directly. Some have a social mission to not only bring foods to underprivileged neighborhoods but to increase food literacy and to guarantee fair prices to farms and farm workers.

All work to preserve regional identity and artisan character with sustainable practices increasing our access to local foods.

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  1. Carli H says:

    I agree completely, we must support our local supplies if we are survive.

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