Arkansas, alternative crop, profitability, stability, family farm, small-size farm, medium-size farm
In recent years consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables has increased dramatically. This trend has increased the amount of produce being purchased at farmer’s markets, road-side stands, and neighborhood markets since consumers say they feel that the direct contact with growers at these markets makes them better able to assess the quality and safety of the produce. This buying trend has opened new markets to small- and medium-sized farms, which sell at these local outlets.
Brady, Pamela L. and Morris, Justin R., "Good Agricultural and Handling Practices for Grapes and Other Fresh Produce" (2009). Research Reports and Research Bulletins. 15.