Zachary Agopian is a chef in Portland, OR and an intern working with an exciting project called Food-Hub: http://food-hub.org/. This project promotes the use of local foods by directly connecting local farmers and ranchers with local buyers. Thanks, Zachary, for sharing this project with us!
If you’re like me you’re always on the prowl for the freshest ingredients to nourish your body. Now, this may involve an assortment of ridiculous activities; from a full inspection of your milk aisle for the freshest carton, or the heated family “discussion” over your highly guarded mushroom foraging stash. My personal favorite, over-dosing on peaches until you can’t stand the sight of one until next summer, as to not give-in to the temptation, in the long winter months, of a well traveled piece of fruit.
But Wait, Locavores! We now have technology on our side. No, I am not speaking of bioengineered, modified, high yield, “enhanced” vegetables. (Who really wants all of their food to look and taste exactly the same?) I’m talking about FoodHub.
A new online directory and marketplace which connects some of the region’s most passionate farmers, ranchers, and food producers with regional buyers. What is so amazing about FoodHub is that it can benefit everyone. If you’re a school district looking to purchase 500 lbs of organic carrots, or a local grocery store wanting to stock your shelves with local products, or just throwing a dinner party and want to find locally raised chickens; FoodHub is your tool!
FoodHub is a not-for-profit, there is a membership fee of $100 per year and is open to food buyers and sellers of all kinds throughout OR, WA, AK, ID, MT, and CA. Members create online profiles that include contact info, products they buy or sell, preferred methods for doing business, and many other useful details. Sophisticated search capabilities allow buyers to instantly discover ready suppliers with a few clicks of their computer keyboard. Conversely, sellers can use FoodHub search features to identify new buyer leads and build targeted customer databases. With over 3,000 items in FoodHub’s pantry, the search options are endless.
My favorite tool on FoodHub is the Marketplace function which is a kind of Craig’s List for food. Buyers and sellers post immediate needs and opportunities in FoodHub’s Marketplace. Consider the following posts recently placed on FoodHub:
- Artisan Cheese Coming out of the Caves: Our newest blue cheese – Caveman Blue will be ready to release from our caves within the next two weeks. Contact us now for information about ordering.
- Local Baker Looking for Rhubarb: We are in search of local rhubarb for pie season. We prefer once a week deliveries to our North Portland Bakery. We need 250 – 350 pounds per week while in season (April – July). Please email through FoodHub to provide us with more information.
- Do Your Products Need a Ride? We deliver ice cream in our freezer truck from Bellingham to Seattle/Eastside, San Juan Islands, Skagit Valley, Port Townsend to Port Angeles. We would be willing to deliver your frozen goods along our regular routes for a nominal trip charge.
Give FoodHub a tour; this is a tool that is going to reshape our nutritional landscape.