Connecting Local Foods with Buyers
Are your customers asking for more locally-grown foods and want to know what farms they are supporting with their food dollars? By partnering with farms, cooperatives and food hubs you can provide them with farm-fresh foods, gain new school, college and other institutional customers, and build your reputation as a supporter of New York agriculture.
- Become an approved vendor for New York's Fresh Fruits & Vegetables pilot for schools. Contact Diane Green Office of General Services/Farm to School to learn more.
- Processors: Source ingredients from New York farms. Meet ahead of the growing season with farmers and livestock producers to discuss your needs, volume and pricing.
- Market your business as a supporter of New York agriculture! Put the names of farms on your web site, product lists and order forms.
- To identify potential school customers, check the school districts in your sales territory in the USDA Farm to School census.