[Market-farming] anyone working with a food hub?

KatherineLMF katherine at legacymanorfarm.com
Sun Sep 16 10:29:37 EDT 2012


I would be interested in learning more as I've never heard of a food hub
before. 

 

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THE WAY FOOD USED TO TASTE

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Subject: [Market-farming] anyone working with a food hub?

 

We just had an email go out in our area, that a food hub has opened at a
nearby (less than 20miles) agricultural teaching center.  They've been
pretty active in our area for sustainable ag, but I didn't know this was a
part of their big plan until I saw the email.  The food hub itself is being
managed by an entity called Local Orbit, which apparently has some
experience with food hubs in various parts of the country.  The deal is that
we the seller, would contract with them to drop off whatever we have to sell
that week at their location.  Then customers would agree to pick up there,
and/or get deliveries from there.   I'm not clear on some of the details
yet, for instance who sets pricing and whether I need to direct my customers
there, or they expect customers to show up looking for product.  Possibly
both.  

 

I mainly wanted to know if anyone on the list has any experience with a
setup like this.  They are NOT calling themselves a CSA, and they are
telling sellers that it's a wholesale distribution, so they do get some of
the proceeds.  There's no fee for the service, just "a piece of the action".
At first that was a turnoff, but frankly I'd pay that at the farmer's market
anyway.  I'll be doing some more reading tonight on how the pricing works
and who sets the price, and where that all goes.   But I'm thinking hard
about joining up.  We've had a heckuva time this year drumming up direct
customers, for a variety of oddball reasons.  So this sounds appealing to
us.  Any comments or experiences, good bad or otherwise?
Kathryn Kerby

frogchorusfarm.com

Snohomish, WA

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