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Consumers who want to know more about where and how their food is raised are creating a bigger voice nationally. The increasing sales of local foods provides a bright spot for agriculture and a way to bring young farmers into agricultural production.
It seems rules and guidelines for growing fresh produce safely are constantly changing, as new laws and regulations are implemented each year.
Fresh, whole raw fruits and vegetables grown in South Dakota can currently be sold without a food service license from the South Dakota Department of Health.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) marketing is an outlet that allows a farmer to sell subscriptions or shares to consumers prior to the growing season. When the produce or food product is harvested it is then delivered on a scheduled basis to the customer.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs can offer a wide variety of benefits to consumers. CSA’s, like other local food markets, offer a source of fresh food that was recently harvested. Produce does not typically have far to travel, so it can be harvested close to peak ripeness when flavor is at its best.
Local food producers have many options when it comes to marketing their locally grown produce. Roadside or farm stands can be either permanent or temporary structures near a road or in a parking lot that sell directly to consumers.
Growers in South Dakota who are looking for an inexpensive way to cool their produce may want to consider a technology adapted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) Researchers.