Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Consumers and Local Farmers
Unfortunately, low-income consumers are often left out of conversations about how to improve the local food system. So, Post Oil Solutions engaged low-income consumers and local farmers in a conversation about how to create a system that would be beneficial to both parties. They came up with The Neighborhood Market, a weekly produce program where community members can purchase locally produced fruits and vegetables at a lower price. The model increased market opportunities for participating farmers and increased accessibility to local produce for low-income consumers.
This “Tip-Sheet” shares lessons learned based on the development of the Neighborhood Market program as it attempts to bridge the gap between low-income consumers and local farmers.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) CNE11-084, Market Basket.
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Project products are developed as part of SARE grants. They are made available with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within project products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.