At Fair Food, we want to help you, the farmer and artisan, connect to chefs, wholesale buyers, and the Greater Philadelphia community. We believe that a humane, sustainable agriculture system relies on these connections, which is why we've been facilitating them since 2000—completely free of charge.
The USDA calls this work Value Chain Coordination. Value Chain Coordination (VCC) is the act of facilitating relationships across the food supply chain. With our vast network of growers, producers, intermediaries, and other food businesses, Fair Food actively takes on the duties of an unpaid broker. VCC work is low input, high impact, and drives our local food economy. To learn more about VCC, or to set up a meeting, contact info [@] fairfoodphilly.org.
Here are some of the ways Fair Food can help you:
Each spring, Fair Food hosts 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 this year as an exhibitor to promote your product to chefs, buyers, distributors, and the community. To learn more, visit Phillyfarmfest.org or email us at info [@] phillyfarmfest.org.
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. Interested in selling to the Farmstand? Please contact us at info [@] fairfoodphilly.org.
In 2013, Fair Food was asked to participate in a USDA Group GAP pilot, with funding from the Wallace Center and in coordination with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Throughout this two-year pilot, Fair Food received extensive training in quality management systems, food safety standards, and food safety auditing, and helped two different cooperatives receive Group GAP certification. On our Food Safety page, you’ll find presentations and links to help you navigate the confusing food safety landscape, plus an arsenal of resources you can download and edit to help you build your own food safety program. These include examples and templates for food safety plans, logs and checklists, and a Group GAP quality management system. Click here to learn more.
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 Sara Elisa Miller: sara [at] fairfoodphilly.org.
Since 2000, Fair Food has worked with the farmstead artisan cheese maker community in southeast Pennsylvania to help them build business relationships in and around Philadelphia. In January, 2013, we launched a small pilot program to sell wholesale cheeses to restaurants, retailers, and hotels from the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market. If you are interested in selling or buying wholesale cheese, please contact wholesale [@] fairfoodphilly.org.