USDA data shows more people want locally grown food
More people want locally grown food, and they want it right from the farmers themselves.
The latest USDA Local Food Marketing Survey shows direct sales totaled $9 billion.
Those sales were up three percent since 2015, and the number of farmers directly selling is up 12 percent.
On-farm stands and farmer’s markets were the most popular places consumers bought local food.
The USDA considers traveling less than 400 miles away as local.