Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Economic Opportunity and Job Creation of Regional Food Hubs

ELKWOOD, Va., May 30, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the economic opportunity provided by strong local and regional food systems for America’s farmers and ranchers while touring Blue Ridge Produce, a regional food hub that aggregates, markets and distributes locally grown fruits and vegetables for sale to wholesale customers in the region surrounding the nation’s capital. Founded in 2011, Blue Ridge Produce currently works with 120 farms of all sizes throughout Virginia to supply local supermarkets, food service companies and regional distributors.

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