You need to get in touch with Dan Nagengast, Kansas Rural Center and with
Rolling Prairie Farmer's Alliance. They have a really neat CSA that involves 8
farmers who serve around 350 families in Lawrence, KS and Kansas City area.
They have spun off some wholesale businesses and so on from this original
cooperative. The phone number for the Kansas Rural Center is 913-873-3431, but
Dan's hard to reach there. You might also try the Growing for Market telephone
number, because his wife is the editor of that magazine. Good luck!
Cecile Mills wrote:
> Cass Peterson <email@example.com> wrote:
> >Some time ago, I read a report from the U of MD on a survey of producer
> >buyers, including chain and local groceries and institutional food places
> >(such as prisons and hospitals) on their desire for local produce. Almost
> >every user said they'd prefer to get local AS LONG AS the producer could
> >duplicate the services the major wholesalers provide. Steady supply,
> >standard pack, low prices.
> The large supermarkets around here give these same reasons, and I am
> mystified. I found tomatoes from Holland in my local Albertsons (now the
> largest food supplier in U.S.) this past week. Now that didn't make any
> sense at all to me.
> Has anyone any experience with buying clubs or co-ops getting local produce
> to local consumers who are working and don't get to Farmers' Markets? I'm
> interested especially in businesses or groups of farmers who market a
> weekly basket a la CSA but whose contents may come from six farms rather
> than just one.
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