Retailers and restaurants are expanding ways to connect with local producers. Food hubs, retail-producer arrangements and retail rooftop gardens are parts of the strategies being employed.
Georgia promotes local through program linking growers, chefs
By Doug Ohlemeier, Eastern Editor
Trying to bring growers and chefs together, Georgia is launching an executive chef campaign featuring the state’s Georgia Grown program.
Working with the Georgia Restaurant Association, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Atlanta, is promoting relationships between chefs and growers by offering chefs a “mark of honor and distinction” while increasing awareness for restaurateurs and consumers about the availability of local Georgia products.
Food hubs link local growers, sellers
By Tara Schupner, Copy Editor
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When it comes to finding locally grown produce, don’t automatically head to the farmers market.
In fact, many local growers would rather focus on wholesale and are banding together in co-ops, or “food hubs,” to give them more marketing muscle.
Ontario website links buyers, sellers
By Cynthia David, Special to The Packer
Anyone looking to buy 5 bushels of Ontario-grown purple carrots can now find a seller easily on the Ontariofresh.ca website.
“Buyers told us that their customers are demanding local, but it’s time-consuming to find growers who meet their need when they have to research them one by one,” said Megan Hunter, communications manager for the provincially funded Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
The site allows buyers to learn about a grower at a glance, including details of the products available, farm practices, size, insurance, food safety and traceability.
Local food advocates request more help
By Tom Karst, National Editor
With some people questioning whether the booming local food movement needs federal help, advocates of the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act made their case for more attention at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association, said he thinks local food provisions will be a part of the farm bill. How big of an element they will be is the question, he said.
“(Local food) is proliferating in the marketplace. ... Does the government need to be coming in and giving further incentives (for) what the market place is actively engaged in?” Guenther said.