Are you a farmer interested in exploring or connecting to institutional or wholesale markets? Or are you a dining director or procurement manager looking to expand your selection of locally grown produce? If so, this netwroking event is for you! Wholesale and institutional markets can be attractive outlets for farmers at all scales due to relatively low labor and marketing costs. And when schools, universities, and other kind of institutions purchase locally grown food they support rural economies and help make our supply chains more resilient and adaptable.
This two-hour long event is an opportunity for growers and buyers to network alongside knowledgeable agricultural service providers to help participants:
- Build relationships
- Better understand costs/pricing
- Comply with food safety requirements
- Learn about developing contracts
Participants are encouraged to come prepared with real data to share—costs of production, crops volumes, price sheets—potentially resulting in real sales and a more robust local food system. While all are welcome to attend, this will primarily be a networking event geared towards developing relationships between buyers and growers in Eastern Massachusetts.