OFB: Consumers More Focused On Local Food During Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, consumers have become more interested from where their food comes. Anne Marie Moss with the Oregon Farm Bureau said that means a greater interest in locally grown products.

“Because of maybe the supply chain hiccups, because of many factors, so consumers are thinking about Oregon farmers, and Oregon ranchers, and where can I get locally grown food.”

To help consumers find farms across the Beaver State that sell direct, the OFB has its Oregon Bounty website. Moss said soon after the coronavirus forced the shutdown of businesses, schools, etc., interest grew in how consumers can connect with their local farmer.

“Like CSAs, Community Supported Agriculture, which there is a surge of interest in that right now, or specific Ag products, and then find farms that sell directly to the public.”

Moss said it’s best to contact those farms directly, so you can learn what services are currently offered, and what safety measures are in place. She added another way consumers can enjoy the best Oregon has to offer, checking out their local Farmers Market.

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