Find local products. Meet buyers. Make connections.
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:
NW Washington Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting, February 17, 2014
Join us for a day of networking and conference full of opportunities to learn and connect, with NEW speed networking, popular one-on-one consultations, engaging panel discussions and a delicious local lunch.
When: Monday, February 17, 9am-4pm
Where: St. Luke's Community Education Center, Bellingham
Attend: Register Now! $30, includes lunch. $50 for a Trade Table, includes registration
Trade Meeting Agenda
8:30 Registration open & coffee half hour
9:00 Welcome & intro
9:15 Keynote Speaker Series:
- Day in the Life of a Farmer, Fisher, Buyer, Distributor
Panel- Joy Rubey, Acme Farms + Kitchen, Mataio Gillis, Ciao Thyme , more to be confirmed
- Panel- Farming/Local food perspectives in Whatcom County
10:15 Speed Networking, come with your 30 second business elevator pitch and a willingness to share ideas.
11:00-11:30 Break, snacks, Expo
11:30-12:30 Breakout Workshops
- Access to capital
- Chefs Collaborative roundtable
- Growing, Distribution and Buying for a Wholesale Market
12:30-1:45 Lunch & roundtable discussions
1:45-3:00 Panel Discussion: What’s next with Distribution & Processing in NW Washington
3:00-4:00 One-on-one Buyer/Producer Consultations, Expo, Open Networking
4:00 Closing comments
Seeking food buyers and ag. support professionals to be "one-on-one consultants" during ten minute mini-meetings with farmers and attendees. Please indicate in registration if you would be willing to be a "consultant".
And if you have a product to share at an Expo table, please email Erin@sconnect.org to make arrangements.
Cascade Harvest Coalition
Eat Local First
Thanks to our sponsors:
Port of Bellingham
Whatcom Community Foundation
WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant
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