What can farmers and ranchers do if theyï¿½re interested in selling locally but donï¿½t have the resources to run their own trucks, processing plants or marketing strategies? What can institutional buyers, ï¿½like schools, hospital and retailers ï¿½ do to offer more local food to their customers? A regional food hub is one possible answer.
Regional food hubs ï¿½ businesses or organizations that connect farmers and buyers by offering a suite of production, distribution, and marketing services ï¿½ can play a critical role in developing stronger supply chains for local food. They can also help address the infrastructure challenges that many small and midsize producers face when trying to break into local markets, and help aggregate products from smaller local and regional producers. Food hubs can also support food access, regional economic development and job creation.
The USDAï¿½s new Regional Food Hub Resource Guide is a collection of information, resources and background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub.