This series discusses ways that small- and medium-size farms can enter the wholesale market with local produce. In Part 1, I introduced the Food Hub, which I now explain further.
In the Northwest where I live, we are coming to the end of the harvest season and likewise, the season for farmer’s markets. Looking back on the summer, a few things about farmer’s markets remain fresh in my memory and give me much to look forward to next spring.
Most small farms look to direct-to-consumer models for their businesses. But the wholesale market is of enormous potential with few players in the local food niche. Barriers to entry are high so those who can figure out solutions will be well-positioned. Part 1 in a series to discuss tools to help small farms access the major wholesale system.
Ok that’s more than a little sensational. What I am referring to is more like a local farm network. Last week a friend sent me an email that a local family had peaches for sale. It was not just your average deal on peaches it was 50lbs of peaches for $20 to $22 dollars depending on the variety. What a deal! That’s 30 cents a pound. Of course my wife and I had to employ some basic food preserving skills.