Ohio farmers have to travel up to four hours to reach the grocery store for their product.
That’s because of a state law that mandates the store must be located in a county where the farmer is growing the crops for which they are selling.
So the farmers are not only trying to be efficient but also reduce the costs of transportation and distribution.
The new law allows farmers to buy product at farmers markets and grocery stores and can save up to $100 per product.
If they’re going to the store, they have to have the proper paperwork from the state.
That way, they’re not only saving money on shipping, but also on the cost of goods being transported to the farmer.
So it’s a win-win situation for the farmer, said Michael Smith, senior vice president at the Ohio Farm Bureau.
“It’s a very effective way to get products to market,” Smith said.
Ohio agriculture is growing in volume.
The number of farmers has grown to 9,000 from about 3,500 in 2010, according to the Agriculture Department.
Smith said the state is seeing record numbers of farmers applying for federal and state farm subsidies, which is another reason why the number of new farms is so high.
In 2016, Ohio farmers received $1.3 billion in subsidies.
Smith called that record a “very good indication” that the state has not lost its competitive edge.
What farmers are buying at the farmers markets is different than what they’re buying at grocery stores.
Smith says the farmers market is a lot more important because it has more variety.
It’s a great place to get some of the best local produce, but it’s not the same as a supermarket, he said.
But the grocery chain, he added, is often very expensive and takes a long time to get your product to market.