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:
South Sound Farm to Fork Event - 12/9/13
Thurston County Expo Center, Lacey, Wa - Stay tuned for more details.
Past Farm-to-Table Trade Meetings:
Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Hits the Mark in Sequim!
Over 70 farmers, food buyers and consumers met for the Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on April 16th, 2013.
Participants learned about small farm diversification from Karen Biondo of La Biondo Farm and Kitchen on Vashon Island. Karen expanded her farm business to include a 16' mobile pizza oven she paid for with a 40K Kickstarter loan. She uses fresh tomato sauce, seasonal vegetables and meat all produced on her farm to create her pies she sells on and off island.
Local farmers also heard from their peers and food buyers about best practices in selling farm goods to local distributors, grocery stores and institutional buyers.
A big thank you to Clea Rome, Director of WSU Extension Clallam County and Dr. Laura Lewis, County Director of WSU Extension Jefferson County for all of their help in putting on this great event.
What: Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013; 9:00 - 3:00
Where: Sequim-Prairie Grange, Macleay Hall - 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, WA 98382
Looking for local farm products to feature in your restaurant, grocery store, or institution?
Seeking new market outlets for your 2013 bounty?
Join local producers, distributors, chefs, retailers, sustainable food advocates, and others interested in buying local food for a day of network building, and expert panel discussions.
Don't miss one-on-one producer consultations with grocery, institutional, and distribution buyers as well as ag support professionals. Grow your business with new market connections at the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting!
Fabulous Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham - Feb. 2013!
Congratulations to Sustainable Connection's and their many partners, including Cascade Harvest Coalition, for a brilliant Farm-to-Table trade meeting in Bellingham on Friday, Feb. 22nd.
Over 100 farmers, buyers, businesses and consumers met, mingled and made connections during this informative and inspirational event. Participants learned about successful agri-tourism in the Leavenworth area, successful CSA distribution, season extension and value added products, food hubs and food distribution trials and triumphs. The day ended with a very successful hour long meet and greet between local buyers and area farmers and businesses.
Great job to the Sustainable Connections team for a job well done!
What folks are saying about Farm-to-Table:
"Thank you, I found that you and your team at SC (Sustainable Connections) hand picks certain scenarios that you know will work and this time it did!! 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
April 16th, 2013 - Clallam/Jefferson County Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting
May 2013 - Central Cascades Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Wenatchee
Past 2013 Events
Past 2012 Events
February 27: Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection (F2C2), Seattle
March 15: Northwest WA Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Bellingham
March 21: South Central WA Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Yakima
April 11: South Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Lacey
April 23: Kitsap County Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Bremerton
September 14: Farm-to-Table Symposium, Richland.
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 Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 632-0606 or (206) 715-4986.
Thank you to our generous sponsors