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One of the common reasons individuals in certain communities give us to “buy local” is that buying local will cut out the “middleman” (you know, the evil merchants and traders, reviled since biblical times) and enable growers to focus on other things. These same individuals then launch a marketing effort to have us joining Community Supported Agricultural associations with one of the major purposes to help farmers, “With a “guaranteed market” for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can rather than looking for buyers.”

Remind me again what it is that wholesalers do? Or purchasing managers? Or food distributors?

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