Tennessee 15th In U.S. In Farms Selling Local Foods

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its results for the first nationwide Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Tuesday. The survey was designed to collect data related to the marketing of foods directly from farms and produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States. 

In 2015, 4,148 Tennessee farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, bringing in a combined $58,720,441. Tennessee ranks 15th in the United States in the number of farms selling foods locally. 

“We know that many people care about what they eat and want to know where their food comes from,” Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “This survey shows what that farmer-to-consumer relationship is worth in Tennessee. I’m proud to see our state rank 15th in the nation for the number of farms that sell local foods. As more people learn about that impact and value, I believe new customers will seek out farm-fresh options and push Tennessee even higher up the list.” 

A further breakdown of data shows: 

Direct Farm Sales*
Total farms, excluding value-added products:  1,648
Total sales, excluding value-added products:  $29,143,351
Total farms, only value-added products:  2,954
Total sales, only value-added products:  $29,577,090 

Direct to Consumer Sales**
Total farms, including value-added products:  3,748
Total sales, including value-added products:  $41,413,614 

“The number of farms selling directly to consumers increased more than 500 in the three years since the Census of Agriculture data,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee state statistician. “This shows tremendous growth in a short period of time. With $58 million in total sales, it’s also a real opportunity for more farmers to capitalize on the buy local movement.” 

In the United States 167,009 farms reported selling $8.7 billion in edible food directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and local distributors.  

*Direct farm sales of food (crops and livestock raised on Tennessee farms) includes farms selling to:
·         Institutions and intermediary businesses (schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, wholesalers, processors, distributors)
·         Retailers (grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, food cooperatives)
·         Direct to consumers 

**Direct to consumer sales, a subset of direct farm sales, include:
·         Farmers markets, onsite farm stores, roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, online sales, pick-your-own operations, and mobile markets. 

Sales categories include both fresh food and value-added products (edible processed foods) such as bottled milk, cheese, meat, jam, cider, and wine. 

For a full breakdown of all the data, visit https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Local_Food/index.php. For more information, call Debra Kenerson at (615) 891-0903, or (800) 626-0987.
 



Dunkin' Donuts Removes Artificial Dyes From Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off 2018 with news declaring donuts now sold at restaurants nationwide are no longer being made using colors from artificial sources. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to offer guests great-tasting, high-quality products and cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, previously pledged ... (click for more)

Chick-fil-A To Officially Break Ground For East Ridge Restaurant

Chick-fil-A’s Tennessee expansion continues with a groundbreaking event soon at the site of its new East Ridge restaurant, the second of six locations the chain expects to open in Tennessee this year. It will be near the Bass Pro Shop. Chick-fil-A representatives will join community leaders at the site of the chain’s East Ridge location at  639 Camp Jordan Parkway at Jordan ... (click for more)

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, Shot Early Sunday Morning On Lillian Lane

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, were shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police were notified at 4:39 a.m. of two people arriving at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, police spoke with the two victims who were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victims arrived at the hospital via personal vehicle.   ... (click for more)

2 Top Officials Leave Administration Of Sheriff Eric Watson

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on Sunday announced the resignations of Chief Deputy Brian Smith and Director of Administrations Arnold Botts. He said they "served with distinction for the past four years." The Sheriff's Office said, "Smith notified Sheriff Watson that he is exploring business opportunities in the private sector, while Botts mentioned the timing was right ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Rebranding & ‘Culture’

My grandfather, who ran several very successful businesses, was a very astute fellow. I can’t tell you how many times he said, “The worst thing any salesman who calls on a business can say is, ‘I am here to save you some money.’ That’s not true -- In every instance they are in front of you hoping to make some money for themselves, else they would have never come by.” Another ... (click for more)