As a restaurant owner / chef / food service provider / culinary professional, you have the opportunity to play an important role in creating a more sustainable food system. Farms throughout the Delaware Valley region are supplying an incredible variety of fresh, healthy, and sustainably grown food to the wholesale market. Many growers focus on specialty products for restaurants, while others concentrate on traditional crops for retail and institutional food service.
At Fair Food, we want to help you buy as many local products as possible for your business. We specialize in sourcing seasonal fruits and vegetables and grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. We only support livestock farmers that use natural and humane farming practices, and we work with many who are raising heritage breed animals.
Here are some of the ways Fair Food can help you:
Fair Food is available for FREE one-on-one consultations to help connect you with the farmers and producers who can best suit your business needs. For more information, contact us at info [at] fairfoodphilly.org. *Fair Food is also available for more in depth consulting, farm tours, and menu planning, upon request.*
Each April, Fair Food and Kitchen Table Consultants host The Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3). Established in 2011, it is now one of the country’s biggest and best single-day local food festivals and a perfect way to kick off the spring harvest season. Chefs, consumers, and wholesale buyers attend to plan their year of local buying and learn about the environment, the food system, cooking, and homesteading. We hope you will join us to meet local farmers and artisans, and network with hundreds of chefs and buyers from the region. Learn more here.
The Fair Food Farmstand is a nonprofit, all-local, year-round retail market that offers products and produce from more than 90 family farmers and food producers, including fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheese, and value-added items. Launched in 2003, the Farmstand provides a significant and steady wholesale outlet for farmers and creates year-round access to healthy and affordable local food through our Double Dollars coupons—a cash match program for food stamp participants in Philadelphia county. The Farmstand is located in the historic Reading Terminal Market in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chefs and institutional buyers receive a Farmstand discount for large orders, and we can offer delivery within Center City. For more information, check out the Farmstand Product List or contact us at info [at] fairfoodphilly.org.
Fair Food sells locally produced, award-winning cheeses to chefs and buyers every week. Please contact wholesale [at] fairfoodphilly.org to learn more about how we can help you create a local cheese program that also helps protect dairy farms and the environment in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Brewer's Plate is a premier local beer and food pairing festival, held each March in Philadelphia. This event has introduced the region's blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the concept of local beer and food pairings, and like many of the best brews, it continues to get better with age. No other annual event maintains such an unwavering commitment to "buy fresh, buy local" while bringing together our region's outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers and guests. If you’re interested in participating as a chef or restaurant, contact us at info [at] fairfoodphilly.org, or buy tickets at Brewersplate.com.
In partnership with Penn State Extension and Deer Creek Malthouse in Chester, PA, Fair Food is in the process of documenting and mapping the farmers currently growing grain in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as the distributors and middle-of-the-chain processors currently involved in the grain supply chain of this region. The goal of this project is to rebuild a strong, regional grain supply chain, which will enable small and mid-size producers to take advantage of emerging market opportunities around small grains. In the winter of 2017, we will be hosting a one-day, collaborative symposium for the stakeholders of this project, during which we will present our findings of the mapping process and discuss next steps. Interested in participating in the Winter 2017 Grain Value Chain Symposium? Contact us at sara [at] fairfoodphilly.org.
Since 2000, Fair Food has worked to foster relationships between area businesses and local farmers. We are the only organization in the Greater Philadelphia region building markets for sustainable food producers at the wholesale level. As an Industry Partner, your support enables us to serve as the nexus of supply and demand, connecting food entrepreneurs with local farmers and food artisans, and to do it free of charge. To learn more about our Industry Partnership Community, or to become a Fair Food Industry Partner, click here.