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July 17, 2014

Supplying local food becomes big business

  • With more than $25 million in federal aid, new “food hubs” are supplying hospitals, schools, restaurants and grocery stores.
    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.

    A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.

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