One of the challenges for any small producer, craftsperson or farmer is figuring out how to get your product or produce to potential customers. Say you have a little organic farm growing delicious salad greens – how can you let cafes and restaurants around your area know you have those greens available and how do you get the greens to them?
Enter a Food Hub – a resource for aggregation, distribution and marketing that bring together local farmers and ranchers with businesses and institutions. Chaco Canyon utilizes the Puget Sound Food Hub to order from many different small, sustainable family operations. At present we are getting lovely greens from Ralph’s Greenhouse and our fresh sprouts come from Happy Valley Sprouts. We’ve also ordered from Mother Nature Organics, Hedlin Farms , High Water Farms, Osprey Hill Farm, Willowwood Farm and Bow Hill Blueberries. With one order, we can support many local farmers and bring you the freshest local fruits and vegetables.
While Farmer’s Markets, CSA programs, and even grocery stores connect individuals with fresh, local produce, Food Hubs provide that critical link between those in the business of growing food and those in the business serving preparing and serving it. They demonstrate that when we come together we can have a powerful impact on our local economy, the quality of our lives and the health of our lands and people.
This post was created by Laura Wilson.