“If they start buying local, then they weren’t buying what they bought before,” he said.
Demand for local produce is one reason behind the creating of a network of produce auctions across the state, said Jim Mullet, sales director with the Ohio Produce Auction in Mount Hope.
“There are buyers out there who can’t just go anywhere,” Mullet said.
Their customers are asking for locally grown product for a variety of reasons, he said.
“They have to know where it’s coming from, and the people want to support local business, it seems, and they think they can trust the food,” Mullet said.