Farmers meet Buyers, Buyers meet Farmers. Connect. Repeat.
Since it's inception in 2009, Cascade Harvest Coalition's Farm-to-Table program has connected over 1,000 farmers, food producers and food buyers and helped generate approximately $3.5 million dollars in new sales for growers and producers in Washington State.
By strengthening connections between local growers and food buyers at regional workshops around the state, we are actively re-building the infrastructure needed to ensure we have healthy, locally grown food in our institutions, like schools and hospitals, grocery stores and restaurants.
Upcoming Farm-to-Table Trade Meetings:
South Sound Region (Pierce, Thurston, Mason) Washington Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting as part of the 2015 Pierce County Farm Forum: Growing Opportunities
February 27, 2015
Join us for a day of networking and mini conference full of opportunities to learn and connect, with engaging panel discussions on agritourism and foraging new local markets, farm-to-table networking session, a technical assistance fair, and a delicious local lunch.
When: Friday, February 27, 8am-3pm
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, WA
Attend: $10 suggested donation, buffet lunch included, visit www.piercecountywa/org/farmforum to learn more
2015 Farm-to-Table Trade Meetings in development:
Eastern Region (Spokane, Stevens) w/Tilth Producers - TBD January 2015
North Central Region (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas) w/Tilth Producers - TBD January 2015
NW Region (Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan) - TBD February 2015
South West Region (Lewis, Clark, Cowlitz, Skamanie) - TBD March 2015
South East Region (Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla) w/Tilth Producers - TBD April 2015
South Central Region (Yakima, Kittatas, Benton, Klickitat) w/Tilth Producers - TBD April 2015
West Sound Region (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Greys Harbor) - TBD 2015 (2 EVENTS)
What folks are saying about Farm-to-Table:
"You might have single-handedly saved a few farms today." Participant, Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Sequim - 2013
"We made some wonderful connections, starting with three co-ops and Terra Organica carrying our truffles! Last on the list of 10 minute meetings I met with Art at The Markets...I had run out of truffles and thought this might be a good segue to sell our 38 acres of wild edibles ie, fiddleheads and nettles [to start]...He was elated and couldn't wait to send a photographer out to showcase us in their "really local" campaign for local producers. Thanks guys! You made it a win win again! Looking forward to Localicious 2013!!" Bellingham Farm-to-Table 2013
"The Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Mt. Vernon was a powerful catalyst for sales and several community initiatives, including the launch of the Skagit WholeSale Market. Whether you are a farmer, distributor, processor, institutional buyer, or retailer, I highly recommend the day as a way to not only share ideas and create partnerships, but increase your financial stake in our regional food system."
-Lucy Norris, Project Manager, Puget Sound Food Network (PSFN), a project of Northwest Agriculture Business Center
If you are interested in being involved in these events, are a community or ag support organization and would like a display space, or wish to be a sponsor, please contact Cascade Harvest Coalition at (206) 632-0606.
Thank you to our generous sponsors