Buying local is a trend that continues to grow every year and shows no sign of slowing down. Though each Farm to Grocery relationship is unique, they generally share similar values and goals: seeking to provide nutritious, locally-sourced food while supporting local economies and educating communities about the value of Montanan agriculture. For farmers and food processors, building a relationship with a grocery store can diversify your customer base, create a stable market for your products, and provide opportunities to engage the community in your agricultural operation. For grocery store managers, buying fresh food from local producers can earn your store recognition and increase sales, improve the taste and quality of your products, and provide more information about the safety and origins of your food.
Are you a specialty crop producer, grocery store vendor, or interested community member? Join our convening to network and and discuss all things farm to grocery. How are purchasing agreements made? How is communication maintained? Will grocery stores require specific certifications, food safety practices, levels of insurance coverage, specific packaging etc.? What strategies can producers adopt to successfully market their crops to grocery stores? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our panelists, presenters, and fellow attendees.
Attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registration is given on a first come, first served basis.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
9-10am: Registration and Commencement
9:30-10:30am: MT Harvest of the Month (Kei Matsunami, NCAT) and Double Snap Dollars (Kim Gilchrist, CFAC)
10:30am-11:30pm: Producer Panel (Western Montana Growers Cooperative, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, Timeless Seeds, High Horizons Farms, Gallatin Valley Botanical)
11:30pm-12:30pm: Networking Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm: Buyers Panel (2J’s Fresh Market, Camas Organic, Yellowstone Valley Food Hub, Real Food Store)
1:30pm-2:00pm: Market Differentiation (Dave Renn, CFAC)
2:00-3:00pm: Closing and Evaluations