Even as the demand for local food grows, sourcing meat raised nearby can be daunting. Even impossible. But, when supermarkets can find a high-quality, reliable and safe source for meat and poultry that they can legitimately call “local,” it's worth it to offer the local product, even if it's in small quantities, retailers say. “It'll always be a niche product. That's to be expected, and that's fine. It gives us a leg up on the competition,” said one Midwest retailer. Even in small ...

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