Many factors have contributed to the growing interest in local food, including recent policies coming from the federal government and publications of the popular press. Those interested in affecting change in the way typical, time-pressed consumers eat point to the need for increased education concerning the link between good nutrition and good health.
These new trends represent market opportunities for small and medium sized farms, many of which are typically seeking ways to remain viable. Because of Maryland’s relatively high rate of direct marketing and the dominance of small and medium-sized farms in the state, as well as the short distance to markets for farmers, the state makes an ideal venue for marketing of local agricultural products.
University of Maryland Fact Sheet 934: