Direct to consumer sales $35 million
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released its results for the first-ever nationwide Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. The survey was designed to collect data related to the marketing of foods directly from farms and produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the U.S.
In 2015, 3,227 Kentucky farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, bringing in a combined $65,430,475.
“Kentucky has made tremendous progress in recent years to develop a dynamic local food system through Kentucky Proud and other initiatives,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This report shows how far we have come, but it also shows that we have plenty of room to grow. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office will continue to seek new markets for Kentucky farm products in Kentucky, across the nation, and around the world.”
Direct Farm Sales (crops and livestock raised on Kentucky farms):
- Total farms, excluding value-added products: 1,651
- Total sales, excluding value-added products: $20,451,622
- Total farms, only value-added products: 1,926
- Total sales, only value-added products: $44,978,853
Direct to consumer sales, (Farmers markets, onsite farm stores, roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, online sales, pick-your-own operations and mobile markets):
- Total farms, including value-added products: 2,574
- Total sales, including value-added products: $35,035,819