Farm Country Feeds America. But Just Try Buying Groceries There.

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(NY Times) – WINCHESTER, Ill. — John Paul Coonrod had a banana problem.

The only grocery store in his 1,500-person hometown in central Illinois had shut its doors, and Mr. Coonrod, a local lawyer, was racing to get a community-run market off the ground. He had found space in an old shoe store, raised $85,000 from neighbors and even secured a liquor license to sell craft beer. But then his main produce supplier fell through.

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