New outlets for farmers
The prescription is fresh produce: Mary MacVean looks at some of the new ways small farms are reaching the public in the Los Angeles area, starting with Kaiser Permanente's establishment of farmers markets outside their medical centers (30 so far in four states) and purchase of local produce for their hospital kitchens. Another group started a farmers market in economically downtrodden Watts and is using a produce subscription service to bring more farmers to sell at the market, as well as opening a kitchen where farmers can convert extra produce into jam, pickles and other preserves. As interest in local food increases, so does the innovative spirit. (Los Angeles Times)
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