BusinessWeek's excellent article Entrepreneurs Keep the Local Food Movement Hot covers the growing trend towards local food. Key quote:
"Just as consumers focus new attention on what we eat and where it comes from, farmers, foodmakers, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors, and processors are rethinking the business models behind it."
Part of a broader new localism trend, consumers are increasingly looking to goods and services produced locally with local food being a major interest category.
Local food has become so trendy that according to New York Magazine local farmers are becoming cult heroes and "New Yorkers are beginning to fetishize farmers the way we once did chefs." Fetishize farmers???
The article references Community Food Enterprise, a good source of information on the local food movement.