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How tasty winter tomatoes are helping Local Foods grow

How tasty winter tomatoes are helping Local Foods grow

Andrew Lutsey and his business partners built it, but they did not come — not at first anyway.

Shiny new trucks? Check.

Ability to deliver produce from local farms to Chicago restaurants? Check.

Local Foods, a wholesale distribution business focused on sourcing produce solely from farmers in the Midwest, appeared to be perfectly on trend with the growing farm-to-table movement when it launched in March 2013. But Lutsey, a Wisconsin native with a background in both farming and finance, learned some hard lessons right from the beginning.

"You might have what they want, but relationships matter. Price matters. Quality...

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