Reports & Publications

Please enjoy these reports related to local food that we have contributed to, along with partners.

1. CSA Member Recruitment and Retention
We worked with FairShare CSA Coalition to survey current and former community supported agriculture (CSA) members. You can read the full report or browse the research briefs directed at more specific audiences.

2. Social Media Marketing for Direct to Market Farms
We conducted a field test of Facebook targeted advertising using four different conceptually informed messages designed to drive traffic to community supported agriculture (CSA) farmer websites with the goal of increasing sales of CSA shares.The purpose of the research brief is to offer CSA farmers evidence-based recommendations for which types of messages would be most effective for marketing CSA businesses online. Find the brief here.

3. Promoting farmers markets
We conducted a survey of Wisconsin farmers market managers in addition to interviews. A peer-reviewed article from the Journal of Food Distribution Research examining how best to support farmers markets depending on the type of community is available here.

You can also find two reports geared toward a non-academic audience, one which focuses on market managers’ suggestions for how best to promote markets and is available here, and one which focuses on on the survey, available here.

4. Wisconsin consumers and local food: Public opinion, trends & 
marketing recommendations
This report contains results from a 2015 statewide survey of Wisconsin consumers about public opinion and behavior regarding local food. It includes appendices that show average responses for consumer in different regions of Wisconsin. Also available are summaries of findings with an audience of farmers mind, or a summary with an audience of retailers and restaurants in mind.

5. Testing messages about local food: A service learning project from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Agricultural Economics Department
Students at the University of River-Falls created marketing messages about local food and tested the appeal of those messages with customers in grocery stores. Read their results in this fact sheet about the project.

6. Local produce labeling evaluation: An evaluation of local produce labels in grocery stores
A pilot test examined how consumers respond to different types of local food labels in two grocery stores in Wisconsin. Messages related to food miles, farm name and location, and other attributes of local food were compared.

7. Study of Wisconsin wineries’ fruit and food sourcing patterns: Executive summary
This report contains results from a survey of winery operators in 2012 that discusses their definition of “local” and why it is important to them.