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The Los Angeles Times reports that there is a grass roots movement growing in California in which thousands of the state's residents pay farmers to pick, pack and deliver produce just for them.

"The movement began in Japan decades ago and migrated to the United States in the mid-1980s, the LAT writes. "Nearly 1,000 so-called community-supported farms have sprung up across the country, and as many as 100 are now doing business in California."

The produce usually is trucked to central distribution points, such as schools and natural foods stores, where customers collect their deliveries. Subscribers generally pay in advance by buying memberships in the farm's food club.

The result is that organic farmers have regular customers and a ready supply of cash, while the consumers get steady access to organic produce that they find to be of superior quality, and often is cheaper than store-bought produce because the middle man has been eliminated.
KC's View:
Sounds like these farmers read Glen Terbeek's book about the frictionless marketplace, "Agentry Agenda," and followed many of its guiding principles.