From an email of press releases from the Crossroads Resource Center (which I can’t actually find online):
Direct farm sales rising dramatically, new Agriculture Census data show
Direct sales of farm products increased dramatically from 2002 to 2007, reflecting rapidly growing consumer interest in ³food with the farmer¹s face on it.²
Data released today by the USDA Agricultural Census show that direct food sales ‹ sold by farmers directly to household consumers ‹ rose 49% to $1.2 billion in 2007 from $812 million in 2002. Once adjusted for inflation, the increase is slightly lower, 30%.
Farms report rising produce sales, new Agriculture Census data show
Responding to consumer interest in fresh fruits and vegetables, farms are selling more fresh produce, new data released by the USDA Agriculture Census show.
Sales of fruits totaled $18.6 billion for the U.S. in 2007, up 35% from five years before, while vegetable sales rose 15% to $14.7 billion. The number of farms selling fruit rose 5% to 112,690, while 69,100 farms sold vegetables, an increase of 17%.
Moreover, produce purchases could bring significant economic benefits during troubled times. An Iowa State University economist, David Swenson, recently calculated that if residents of one eight-county region in north central Iowa ate 5 locally-produced fresh fruits and vegetables each day for only three months of the year, it would create 457 new jobs and generate $6.3 million in new labor income in that locale alone.
Organic farm sales triple, new Agriculture Census data show
Organic food sales more than tripled, to $1.7 billion in 2007 from $393 million in 2002, according to new data released today by USDA¹s Agriculture Census. This is an increase of 335%, though it lowers to 281% once inflation is taken into account.