Healthy Woman says
Did You Know?
he majority of the money spent on grocery-store food goes to suppliers, processors, middlemen and marketers. Only 3.5¢ of each $1 actually goes to the farmer. If you buy food from a farmers market or farm stand, you can be sure that most, if not all, of your money is going directly to the farmer. In the U.S., the average grocery store’s produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator. About 40% of our fruit is produced overseas and, even though broccoli could likely be grown within 20 miles of the average American’s house, the broccoli we buy at the supermarket travels an average 1,800 miles to get there.
In the U.S., a wheat farmer can expect to receive about six cents of each dollar spent on a loaf of bread—approximately the cost of the wrapping. Farmers markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table!
visit Haymaker Farmer’s Market
Downtown Kent, corner of Franklin & Summit on Saturdays – 9 AM to 1 PM