North Carolina News Service: Farmers say consumers are shopping locally for food

North Carolina News Service

SHELBY, N.C. – Shelby dairy farmer Ashley Bridges has a welcome problem this holiday season – she can’t keep enough product on the shelves of the retailers and consumers who are demanding it. A third-generation farmer, five years ago Bridges decided to transition her Guernsey cows completely to grass-fed and now produces milk and cheese for local restaurants and markets. “If every dairy farmer realized the niche market of especially grass-fed products, I really think every dairy farmer would be making cheese,” she says. (contd.) Podcast and entire story available: http://www.newsservice.org/index.php

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Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food section editor and writer. She can be reached at gsmith@mountainx.com.

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