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What is a food hub? In general, food hubs help farmers get their products from the field to the consumer. According to USDA’s definition, a regional food hub is “a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products, primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail and institutional demand.”
Although there has been a lot of recent media coverage about food hubs because of a proposed hub on the Eastern Shore and a planned hub in Baltimore, food hubs are not a new phenomenon in Maryland. There are five existing and four emerging food hubs in our State. Despite their growth and common mission, not all food hubs are alike, and farmers should understand the legal and business structure of any individual food hub before utilizing one for their operation.
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