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Sourcing Locally

This Blueprints edition’s Midwest spotlight, “Midwest Road Trip,” talks about the abundance and diversity of fruits and vegetables that can be found within the states of Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Many of the buyers in this sector find themselves leaning towards more local growers to source their product.

Buyers: if you’re a member, you can use Blue Book Online Services (BBOS) or BBOS Mobile to find quality produce in your local area by using the “Radius” search feature.

Click on Search Companies, then on the “Location” tab. Here you can add a zip code or choose a terminal market, then add a specific mile-radius requirement. For added peace of mind, also enter in integrity rating parameters. Your search results will be presented within the specified boundaries and can be printed or exported.