Business & Economy

Local food options growing in the Tri-State

May 19, 2014

Local food, or food grown within a 100 mile radius, is taking up a larger segment of the Evansville area's food paradigm.  

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that Direct to consumer food sales – that is farmer to eater – grew three times, from 1992 – 2007. Local good sales grew twice as fast as total agricultural sales .

As consumer demand for locally-grown products continues to increase, accurately assessing the economic impacts of local food is becoming increasingly important -- particularly when public funding is used to support these activities.

Steve Burger

Today’s program is structured around a conversation with Johannes Hirata, a visiting economics professor from Osnabrück, Evansville’s sister city in Germany.

Hirata's research focuses on happiness and correlations to economic growth, and what this means to policy-making and notions of development.

We’ll hear more about his findings, plus, we’ll sit with Evansville’s Director for the Department of Metropolitan Development Philip Hooper.

Finally, we'll talk with two Henderson residents about how how different generations, lifestyles and incomes relate to happiness.

Cass Herrington

Local farmers and consumers alike are devising some innovative strategies for bringing local, healthy food to the local marketplace.

Gwen and Kenneth McTaggart from Off the Fence Farms, for example, offer a "cow share" program for families who want fresh milk -- but don't have the time to milk a cow twice a day.

In this segment, we visited the McTaggart's home to hear how they manage the sustainable farm and how they plan increase profits in the next growing season.