US: Infrastructure of local food explored

As part of its series "Reimagining Infrastructure," Orion magazine published a feature on the infrastructure needed to support local food. The article points to the limitations of farmers markets as a marketing outlet for farmers, and explains the economic challenges faced by food hubs. Mad River Food Hub in Vermont is highlighted as an example of a for-profit food hub that is succeeding by incubating businesses that add value to farm products. By providing the infrastructure for value-added companies and the distribution to get their products to restaurants and retailers, the food hub is creating viable, scalable markets for local food producers.

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