BUY REGIONAL ~~~ Regional the NEW “Local”
Garden Breezes Northeast Regional Food Hub (GB~NR~FH), will be a collection of local farmers, wholesale producers, professional food buyers, distributors, industry suppliers and consumers in a sustainable and robust “Craig’s List” style dynamic online marketplace with interactive directory and a “terminal style” 24/7~365 Open Farmers MarketPlace
It will be a self-reliant system which will allow as much local and regional foods as possible to be produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. Self-reliance will be reached by supplying as much “source-identified” foods in a region that is physically possible without degrading the resource base. The result is maximum resilience, minimum importation, and significant economic and social return in the region. The term “source-identified” is crucial: this isn’t about stockpiling anonymous goods from any old place. It facilitates direct farm-to-fork connections with complete transparency, promoting the brands of growers and makers alongside the products.
Diversity will provide strength to GB~NR~FH because it will preserve options which allow for flexibility and resiliency. In a larger region a wider variety of foods can be produced and processed. Many regions have a diverse population base that seeks access to sufficient and culturally appropriate foods. GBFH Northeastern regional food system includes multiple “locals” within each state included in the region and those that cross state boundaries. The 12-State Network definition comes from the USDA, but it is not a strict boundary.
The 12 Northeastern states include Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Why choose Garden Breezes Northeast Regional Food Hub?
The food hub will be hired buy the farmer, he is able to hand over a list of his buyers, the schedule they had established, and the quantities they expected. The food hub adds the farmers customers to their list of clients and deliveries proceed to the buyers through the cross-docking platform. The farmer can back to the business of growing.
The food hub sells and delivers all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Chefs usually do not have time to seek out farmers. They rely on distributors to find products and deliver them. Modern distribution means a product can be picked, cleaned, processed, loaded, unloaded, to the consumer, and on the table in less than 24 hours.
The food hub communicates with their producers and customers by telephone or through the online Criag's List style directory. This involves a tremendous amount of trust on all sides. The customers rely on the directory to tell them what they have for sale, the quality and quantity of it, just as the food hub depends on the farmer to deliver what is promised. It is important that the relationship is fair and that everybody wins.