From Friday's Portland Tribune
Stores snub local farmers
Distribution quirks, organic hurdles put squeeze on growers seeking markets
More at http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=118790103076479700
New Seasons' response is at http://blogs.newseasonsmarket.com/
I happen to think that New Seasons is doing a pretty good job on this one, but the general point that our food distribution system is out of whack. I had a fellow in Woodland explain to me once that to sell his rhubarb at the local Safeway he would have to deliver at least forty pounds at a time to a distribution center in Salem. I don't think that NSM is a villain here, but the tale does demonstrate how our food distribution center is often very out of whack.