[Market-farming] Request for quote :)

alicia best bestici at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 9 10:46:38 EDT 2011


It is always so interesting dealing with restaurants.  They want consistency and unless we farmers work to educate the chefs about what local and more importantly, seasonally means, we will always be surprised by their expectations.......



 


 

> Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 06:25:49 -0500
> From: mikerock at mhtc.net
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Request for quote :)
> 
> Within a few minutes of my posting I got a suggestion to contact these 
> folks. http://www.greenandgreenfarms.com/about-us.htm
> 
> It looks like there is just such a service as my quote requester needs, 
> at least for part of the season. And they are less than thirty miles 
> from me.
> 
> Mike
> 
> Mike Rock wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I just received this shopping list from a Polish restaurant in Chicago.
> > How does one supply this with organic or 'responsibly' grown produce. 
> > Obviously I cannot meet her needs for much of this from here in the 
> > north (SW Wisconsin). A case of leeks per week? Yikes.... And this is 
> > only ONE restaurant that needs supplies. This is a real eye opener to 
> > me. The reality of large scale warehousing, California supply chains, 
> > shipping and logistics all come into rather terrifying focus.
> > 
> > Here is her list:
> > 
> > "Leeks case each week from May through October, then one case every other
> > week
> > Carrot 40 pounds a week, may through October then every other week
> > Zuchinni 20 pounds a week, may through October
> > Potatoes 40 pounds a week
> > Onions 20 pounds a week
> > Spinach, case per week, more during May through October
> > Mixed greens a case a week
> > 
> > Also I go through a lot of rhubarb, blueberries, cranberries, and apples all
> > year round, I take the cranberries and blueberries and freeze them.
> > 
> > Hope that helps"
> > 
> > This is way beyond farmers market type stuff, and is the day to day 
> > reality of vegetable supply.
> > 
> > I hope this becomes an interesting topic for discussion.
> > 
> > Most respectfully,
> > Mike Rock
> > 
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