Oregon supports direct farm sales
By Eric Mortenson
Oregonians like having the plow close to their plates. A compilation of Census figures by the Oregon Department of Agriculture shows the state ranks ninth nationally in the value of direct sales occurring at farmers' markets, U-pick operations, roadside stands and Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, or CSAs.
The value of farm direct sales in Oregon exceeds $44 million annually, according to a department news release.
The state has 6,247 farms taking part in direct sales, ranking sixth nationally behind California,Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, according to the ag department.