Is it worth talking about selling local food to schools and other institutions?
Are the prices farms will accept even close to prices that institutions are willing to pay?
Welcome to the information page for our local food price study of commonly grown vegetables in central Texas. We conducted this study during 2017, surveying farms throughout central Texas and buyers in the 5-county MSA: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson.
This study was conducted by the Texas Center for Local Food in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas State University. Many committed stakeholders played critical roles in completing this study. We are grateful to St. David's Foundation for funding this important research.
This study includes only these vegetables: Summer squash (zucchini, yellow straight and crookneck, etc.), okra, cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers (green), tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce (mixed greens washed) 1 lb bag, cabbage, broccoli (whole crowns), potatoes (red), sweet potatoes.
In the future, we would like to study other vegetables, beef, poultry, dairy, grains, and lots more. Let us know if you're interested in those studies.
Full final report (PDF) (If you print, know that the full report includes lengthy appendices after page 39)
Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food
Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Texas State University
Kara Kroeger, Texas State University
Ava Cameron, Texas Center for Local Food
Stakeholders and Partners:
Jake Carter, Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board
Skip Connett, Green Gate Farms
Dr. Jodi Duron, Superintendent Elgin ISD
Michael Hanan, Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board and Agua Dulce Farm
Adrienne Haschke, Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board and Sustainable Food Center
Robert Maggiani, National Center for Appropriate Technology
Edwin Marty, City of Austin, Office of Sustainability
Dr. Mike Morris, National Center for Appropriate Technology
Curt Nelson, Austin Foodshed Investors
Owen Rock, Elgin Economic Development Corporation
Gail Rothe, Farmland Preservation Working Group
Chris Schreck, Capital Area Council of Governments
Katie Tritsch, farmer
James Barham, USDA FoodLINC National Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca Dunning, USDA FoodLINC Evaluator
I’m glad this report is online! We’re eager to hear folks’ comments.