Local Supply Chain
We grow connections between Texas producers and buyers, including schools, institutions, and retail markets. We provide buyer education, matchmaking between buyers and growers, and support for farmers interested in selling wholesale.
Why We Support Our Local Food Supply Chain
Only 6% of the food grown locally is sold within our region. But demand for locally grown, sustainable fruits and vegetables is on the rise. Buyers from large institutions (schools, hospitals, office complexes) and grocery stores want to bring these foods into their cafeterias, restaurants, and markets, but often they lack the knowledge, connections, or support to make the change into purchasing local food.
We work with both buyers and growers to meet everyone’s needs, in order to build a thriving local food supply chain.
We help buyers support local farms by providing education on the essentials of local purchasing:
- What produce is in season
- Meal planning
- and more
We help build relationships between growers and buyers by:
- Helping large volume buyers grow their ability to purchase local food
- Connecting buyers with local farmers who meet their needs
We help farmers become wholesale ready and advance their business. With the support of our partners, we supply small group and 1:1 support in:
- Scaling up to wholesale production
- Wholesale pricing
- Farm marketing
- Record-keeping tools
- and much more