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 EVENTS
Registration NOW OPEN for the Eastern Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on March 27th, 2015. Presented by Cascade Harvest Coalition, WSDA GAPs, WSU Spokane Extension, and LINC (Local Inland Northwest Cooperative) Foods. We need both Specialty Crop Producers and local Buyers to attend to make this meeting a success.The focus of this trade meeting will be on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) On-farm Food Safety, and Meeting Market Requirements. There will be opportunities to network, market, and connect with local businesses. Register Here: http://eastwaf2t.bpt.me/
2015 Farm-to-Table Trade Meetings in development:
South West Region (Lewis, Clark, Cowlitz, Skamanie) - TBD April 2015
South East Region (Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla) w/Tilth Producers of WA - TBD March 2015
South Central Region (Yakima, Kittatas, Benton, Klickitat) w/Tilth Producers of WA - TBD March 2015
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
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