Desmond Brown sells fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market outside the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
November 14, 2011 More than half of the $5 billion in local food sales came not from farmers' markets but from restaurants and grocery stores, according to a government report. Those points of sale have attracted bigger farmers who might not bother with direct-to-consumer sales.
The regular old supermarket is still king for choice, price and convenience
October 14, 2011 The online services offer wide variety and avoid the major disadvantage producers face at farmer's markets, like figuring out how much inventory to bring. But they haven't quite figured out the magic combination of choice, price and convenience to beat the grocery store.
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