Project ID

2002-67

Abstract

A Maquoketa partnership was created to establish a demonstration for locally produced foods with a target market of employees at local businesses and industries.

Key Question

Is it feasible for a group of farmers to market a variety of locally produced foods directly to consumers through a subscription order system that is coordinated through places of employment and a central collection and repackaging center?

Findings

In small- to medium-sized communities, it does not appear that demand for locally produced foods through subscription sales orders at places of employment will support maintaining the service. More demand exists for fresh fruits and vegetables than for shelf-stable or value-added products. In order to support a central collection and repackaging facility, a higher population base in needed to gain an economy of scale in production and demand.

Principal Investigator(s)

Warren Johnson

Co-Investigator(s)

Larry Myers

Year of Grant Completion

2005

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