2007 Industry Outlook
Small farmers hope to cash in on interest in buying local.
Marketplace: Interest is growing in weekly farmers markets offering locally grown produce -- like this one in downtown St. Petersburg.
? Local farmers throughout the state are working to bring everything from shiitake mushrooms to free-range eggs to community markets.
To find a market near you, click on florida-agriculture.com/ consumers/farmers_markets.htm.
? The market for kosher foods is expanding in Florida, where more than 450 companies produce or sell kosher goods. The "kosher from Florida" logo program, endorsed by the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, helps Florida growers and makes it easier for consumers to find kosher foods.
Products produced in state and approved by a nationally recognized kashrut-certifying organization are eligible for the logo.
Volusia County fern grower John Hoblick replaces Carl B. Loop of Jacksonville as Florida Farm Bureau president.
Loop retired from the state's largest agricultural organization after 23 years as president.