Category Archives: Market Trends

Regional Food Economic Impact Quotes

Tim Crosby, Puget Sound Food Network’s Network Coordinator, gathered some interesting quotes from States around the US. Each quote gives us a glimpse into the economic climate of each State’s food cycle. All follow a similar trend, that if State … Continue reading

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Ecology of Food

In a recent article, the Hartman Group predicts future trends of how American will obtain and consume food. The study suggests a number of notions including the advent of private label foods, like Trader Joe’s, growth of Farmer’s Markets and … Continue reading

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Safe to Eat?

An insightful event is coming up in December about the science, politics and economics of food.  Featuring Thomas Besser, PhD, DVM and Bill Sischo, DVM, MPVM, PhD (Professors, School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine), discussions include food … Continue reading

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Eco-Label Programs for Michigan Farmers

Lia Spaniolo, a graduate student at Michigan State University, has recently put together a brochure, “Eco-Label Programs for Michigan Farmers,”  to assist farmers in determining which, if any, are appropriate and beneficial for their operations. It describes some more established … Continue reading

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Washington's Agricultural Statistics/ Top 10 Commodities

Today, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the 2008 figures for Washington State’s agricultural value and the top forty commodities. What’s changed since 2007? Overall, Washington State’s agricultural production value has decreased from $8.32 billion in 2007 to $7.88 … Continue reading

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Food Behemoths Jump on "Buy Local" Campaign

In a recent article from The Globe and Mail, Sarah Elton discusses how big brand companies and supermarket chains are adopting the “‘buy local’ zeitgeist with marketing efforts aimed at capturing this audience.”  Elton refers to several ad campaigns from … Continue reading

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Basis: Farm to Chef

PSFN Team Member Lucy Norris just passed on this interesting tidbit about the formation of a new organization in New York called Basis. The brainchild of former management consultant Bion Bartning, Basis is a newly formed company that recently acquired … Continue reading

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Food Pricing and Reports

In the constant search for accurate market pricing for regional fruits and vegetables we want to share some valuable resources. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is the Big Kahuna  for information. They have a Fruit and Vegetable Market News website … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Ag Stats

As I continue to research the potential market size of the Puget Sound Food Network, I dove in to the USDA Ag Census tables and WSDA data and came up with these numbers: In the 12 Puget Sound counties there … Continue reading

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