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Food hubs help Ind. growers reach new customers

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Some Indiana farmers are banding together with digital food distributors to form "food hubs" for weekly deliveries to customers.

Food hubs have emerged as small and medium-sized producers have worked together to find ways to distribute their produce and locally raised meat and dairy.

A 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicated getting food to customers was a top constraint preventing farmers from taking advantage of spiking interest in local food.

Purdue Extension educator Roy Ballard founded the Hoosier Harvest Market service in 2011 in central Indiana.

He tells the Daily Journal that food hubs allow farmers to focus on growing without have to spend time organizing market stands, loading trucks, or figuring out how much to take. They deliver to the hub only what they commit to sell.

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