The impact food hubs have on small- and mid-sized producers

The impact food hubs have on small- and mid-sized producers

Food hubs

Demand for organic and local foods has grown sharply over the last decade. Since 2005, sales for local organic foods have grown by 250%. Studies show that U.S. consumers are willing to pay a premium if they better understand the origin of their food and whether their purchase contributes to the development of the local economy. However, despite the fact that sales of local agriculture is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. food system, it still accounts for only a small fraction of overall domestic food sales.