Here is an article I found interesting published in the Southeast Farm Press. Many are interested in raising vegetables to sell to the public as part of their semi-retirement strategy. This article examines the trend in direct to consumer sales of vegetables.
“In 2007, vegetable sales were 28 percent of all direct-to-consumer sales.”
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, 26 percent of farms growing vegetables and melons — nearly 18,000 farms — marketed and sold their products directly to consumers…READ MORE