Develop and pilot workable arrangements that avoid empty or partially empty loads in shipping vehicles and disseminate as models.
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Founded in 1988, the Pioneer Valley NE Growers Coop works with skilled farmers who lack resources to run their own operations. These farmers, who in their home countries cultivated crops for a living, are in Massachusetts as seasonal workers or resident farm workers. Hankering for familiar produce, they began to grow it on small plots within the larger farms that they were working. These crops were shared between farm owners and workers, and interest grew in marketing this produce, helped by the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The Coop, in partnership with the landowners and the farm workers, is bringing these crops to inner city customers.
This model of distribution and aggregation – admittedly small-scale – unites talented farmers and supportive landowners to bring fresh, cultural crops, like callaloo, to urban residents. Its success counts on founder and president, Glenroy Buchanan, CISA’s 2011 Local Hero Awardee, and his network of growers. Effective distribution relies on the alignment of consumer demand and supply and the Coop has found a way to make these links to the benefit of all parties, including churches, restaurants, and individuals.
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Peapod, the grocery delivery program for Stop & Shop Supermarket, is now bringing local farm produce to doorsteps in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Produce is sourced from four farms – Town Farm, Ward’s Berry Farm, the Kitchen Garden, and Langwater Farm – as well as the Farm Fresh Rhode Island food hub. The $34.99 Peapod Local Farm Box contains different produce depending upon the season, harvested at its peak.
While this model isn’t new – Boston Organics, Valley Green Feast, Berkshire Organics, and others are also aggregating local farm products and delivering them to homes in Massachusetts – what is new is that the Peapod model is one of the first examples of a large grocery store chain teaming up with local farmers to make local produce available to its customers. With Stop & Shop and Peapod’s ability to distribute groceries efficiently and widely, markets for local farms could expand and customers who might not typically seek out local produce could be introduced to the variety of vegetables and fruits grown in Massachusetts.
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The Boston Public Market, which opened its doors in July 2015 with nearly 40 local and regional farm, fish and food vendors as well as 200 small businesses, will have a positive economic impact for businesses in the state food system. Open year-round, five days a week and carrying only items produced or originating in New England, this kind of market is quite unusual. Vendors will benefit from the increased demand from the market, and meeting this demand could mean that they are able to expand their operations. More demand is likely to translate into more jobs, with vendors and with the Boston Public Market.
The Boston Public Market welcomes SNAP benefits, as well as Boston Bounty Bucks. In their demonstration kitchen, the Boston Public Market will offer workshops and events, some free of charge, that will inspire cooking with local foods.
Related Actions: Fishing 3.1.1, Fishing 3.1.2, Fishing 3.1.3, Fishing 3.1.4, Fishing 3.1.5, Fishing 3.1.6, Fishing 3.1.7, Fishing 3.1.8, Fishing 3.1.9, Distribution 2.1.1, Distribution 2.1.2, Distribution 2.1.3, Distribution 2.2.1, Distribution 2.2.2, Distribution 4.1.5, FASH 7.4.1, FASH 7.4.2, FASH 7.4.3, FASH 7.4.4