Website Helps Wisconsin Farmers Sell to Grocers

Posted Monday, March 9, 2009 --- 7:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsinites could see more local foods in their grocery stores thanks to a new Web site that links farmers, meat processors and others with retailers.

Grocers listed on the Web site indicate whether they are interested in buying vegetables, meat, cheese and other products.

Then farmers, meat processors and others can check the Web site and contact store buyers.

Wisconsin Grocers Association president Brandon Scholz describes the site as a simple but good tool for farmers and other local food producers.

WGA created the Web site with $23,000 from the state's Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program. A recent review found each dollar invested in the program produced $2 in sales of local foods.

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