- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Small town grocery store owners in Minnesota know their financial survival can often involve creative ways to turn a profit.

Rural grocers gather in Granite Falls Wednesday to exchange ideas. The Southwest Food Network is hosting the group.

University of Minnesota extension educator Ryan Pesch works with the network. He says the organization’s main goal is improving food accessibility in rural Minnesota. Fresh vegetables or fruit can be the first thing to go when rural grocers struggle. If the product is not sold immediately, it’s a total loss.

Pesch tells Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1vud8vr ) that one small town grocer sells produce from local growers on consignment. He says the store provides fresh vegetables without the risk.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org


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