[Market-farming] Vineland, NJ

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Nov 5 10:13:59 EST 2003


Bob

    Your comment is interesting to me. I wonder if you think that will begin
to change. In the Chicago area, I don't think produce in mainline stores has
ever been worse. They even bother to make sure it looks good anymore. Local
produce is so superior, I can't imagine consumers not prefering it. And once
they understand how much more nutrition is in it when it's purchased the
same day it's picked, I think they'll become serious about sourcing local
produce. Local independent stores will follow the customers. Once they start
undercutting the megachains produce departments, the megas will have to
start changing their ways. It's currently an outragious tragedy. It will
have to change.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center


> southwestern agribusiness has marginalized us, we are now just a "fill in"
market when a
>shortage pops up in an Arizona lettuce field... Bob.
>Sunny Meadow Farm
>Bridgeton, NJ.
>
>adriana wrote:
>
>> Robert.
>> I have not been there.  I had heard about the Vineland Produce Auction
Co-op
>> but did not realize that it was tied in to a planned agricultural
community.
>> It's too far north of the Mason Dixon line for my South American blood,
I'm
>> afraid.  Maybe we'll just need to develop something similar here in the
>> southeast.  Do you have any idea how the inital Vineland project was
funded?
>> > Adrianna...Have you ever been to Vineland NJ. It is one such planned
>> community
>> > of full time market farms,
>>
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