Fresh and Local Produce Distribution

Estimated startup costs: $400-$600
Estimated first-year revenue: $35,000-$50,000
Everyone from the creators of the USDA food pyramid to organic food proponents has been touting the need for Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables. And the message has resonated with a large percentage of our country’s citizens, who as a group have purchased at least 30 percent more fresh produce in the last year than in 1980, according to the Iowa State University Center for Agriculture and Rural Development. With the local and organic produce movements spawning everything from communal “victory gardens” to best-selling books on going local for a year comes opportunity to cash in on the trend. You need skills, know-how, ...

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