[Market-farming] Local Food Hub

Vern and Amy vaspencer at sisna.com
Tue Sep 25 07:01:00 EDT 2012

Some food hubs charge less than $50 for membership.  Of course operating 
costs for the hub have to come from somewhere and that is something each 
hub has to determine.  They can charge nothing to buyers and raise the 
costs on the producers, who will either pass it along to the consumer 
through higher costs or eat it (the cost) themselves.

Some people are happy to pay what amounts to a buck a week to be able to 
order exactly what they want from 20 different local producers, none of 
which has a CSA program, especially in the "off season".  It depends on 
how people look at it, the dynamics of the local economy (both producer 
and consumer ends).  Some consumers will even consciously pay more for 
their food to see local small "farms" succeed.


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