Welcome New Customers!!!!! on April 10th, 2015
This Old Farm would like to welcome our newest customers:
Bon Appetit: DePauw College, Greencastle IN
Restoration – Lafayette IN
Mesh Restaurant – Indianapolis IN
Raw Paws – Carmel, IN
A Happy Customer!!!!! on April 10th, 2015
I am one of you new customers. All I have purchased was very good. I’ll be back.
National Good Food Network Webinar on April 6th, 2015
National Good Food Network Webinar
Discerning Pallets: Grower’s Experiences Selling Their Crops Through Food Hubs
Thursday, April 16 3:30 – 4:45pm ET (12:30 – 1:45 PT)
Free! Register Now https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5216800408833088002
What is it like to sell to or through a food hub? What are the benefits … and what is not so good? Learn directly from seasoned farmers!
We have assembled farmers representing a wide variety of experiences – different geographies (CA, MT, MI, and MA), different sizes (from 8 to 400 ac.), different products (vegetables, animals, and mixed) … who sell into different kinds of food hubs (non-profit, for profit, growers co-op) asking different services from them (simple transport, sell-through, and selling to the hub).
Each of these farms has different reasons to work with their local food hub. What works for them? What doesn’t work so well? How do they choose what to sell through the hub? We’ve asked these farmers to share their unedited experiences and advice with their fellow farmers across the country who might now be considering a relationship with a food hub.
Learn how they chose to start selling to the hub, why, what the hub demands of them, what they get in return, how they are managing risks, and how their business’ bottom line has been affected.
Considering selling through a hub? Learn from the experience of your peers. Advise farmers? Enrich the service you can provide.
Wallace Center at Winrock International serves the growing community of civic, business, and philanthropic organizations involved in building a new Good Food system in the United States.
We advance regional, collaborative efforts to move Good Food – healthy, green, fair, affordable food into larger scale markets so that more producers benefit, more communities have viable economies and greater access, and a greater number of acres are managed sustainably.
The Wallace Center has supported This Old Farm with 2 grants to date.
New Staff Announcement on April 6th, 2015
Are you ready for our Exciting NEWS????
We are happy to announce that This Old Farm has added not one but two new members to our family!!! Please help us make welcome, Jessica Selkirk and Lucas Roosa, to our team!
Jessica is our new Farm to Fork Sales Account Representative. Jessica will be working with our wholesale accounts.
Lucas is our new Farm to Fork Harvest Manager. Lucas will be managing the harvest floor as well as working with our Institution Accounts
Bloomingfoods…A Great Partner! on April 6th, 2015
A Word from One of Our Customers
We sell our meats all over the state to numerous retail and institutional customers. We know that consumers buy and enjoy them, because our customers keep coming back for more to refill their cases. What we don’t always hear, though, is the greater impact our product has. So when we recently spoke to Justin See, the Meat Buyer at Bloomingfoods, we learned some good things. Bloomingfoods is a naturally-grown, organic and local food co-op in Bloomington, Indiana, and This Old Farm has been doing business with them for about 3 years now.
Bloomingfoods used to source its pork and beef from a southern Indiana farm which raised all beef (but not all of its pork) on pasture. When this farm raised its prices significantly several years ago, Justin says Bloomingfoods was forced to look for a more cost-effective alternative. At first, the idea of working with a food hub rather than a single farm took a bit of a shift in thinking for Bloomingfoods, according to Justin. But he’s pleased with how the business relationship has progressed. This Old Farm, he says, has increased Bloomingfoods’ access to pastured meat at a price point their shoppers can afford.
That’s a key point, because Bloomington (home to Indiana University) tends to be Indiana’s most progressive city, and demand for fresh, local, healthy food is high there. But poverty levels are high there, too. Bloomington is situated in Monroe County, which is largely rural, and our research showed that Monroe County ranks 72nd in median household income among Indiana’s 92 counties. Eight percent of the population relied on SNAP benefits, a stunning 80% increase over a 10-year period.
At This Old Farm, we believe that access to Good Food should not be limited only to consumers with high household incomes. Through relationships like the one we have with Bloomingfoods, we’re making that a reality.