Locally grown produce a strength for Kentucky, Tennessee - The Packer

Locally grown produce a strength for Kentucky, Tennessee

06/30/2011 02:03:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

It is free marketing for participating producers, he said.

The department’s marketing specialists connect growers with retail chain buyers, including Abingdon, Va.-based Food City Stores, which often buys local produce, Holmberg said.

The main state-funded marketing for Kentucky’s fresh produce is Kentucky Proud.

Demand for local produce is strong in Kentucky, said Adam Watson, produce marketing specialist, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Frankfort.

“There has always been some interest in local, but it’s in the forefront now,” Watson said. “We’re seeing more retailers coming to us and looking for Kentucky Proud items, often because consumers are asking for it.”

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M.T. Barrow    
Henry County Kentucky  |  June, 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM

Our crop is comming along nicely. Heirloom tomatoes avail. Mid-July 2012. Thanks.

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