VFM Direct – Bringing Local Food to Your Local Restaurant
Vancouver Farmers Markets Direct is an aggregation and distribution service to connect farmers with restaurants, food service, retail and institutions. Founded in 2015 with FarmFolk City Folk as Vancouver Local Food Hub, VFM Direct aims to strengthen the local food sector by providing infrastructure to help local growers access the Metro Vancouver wholesale market.
VFM Direct offers an online ordering platform for buyers to purchase local food for their businesses. Buyers know who grew their food and can learn more about the farmers through the website and through farm visits and “meet & greets” facilitated by VFM Direct. Farmers are able to sell their food directly to the buyers through our platform and they can receive a fair price for their goods – something not always part of the wholesale system. By aggregating multiple small farmers, VFM Direct can supply larger institutions and food service establishments, something previously not attainable if a farmer were working alone.
In 2016, we more than doubled our sales and worked with 15 producers and 18 buyers during our second season of May – December. We anticipate more growth in 2017 so please get in touch with Sher Hackwell, customer support and sales at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in learning more about purchasing local food via VFM Direct for your business. If you are a farmer interested in distributing your local crop through VFM Direct, contact Joslin Sanderson, our production manager email@example.com
2016 Producers: Abbotsford Garlic and Greens, Earth Apple Farm, Glorious Organics, Gojoy Berries, The Good Stuff, Jane’s Honey Bees, Nutrigreens, Ostro Organics, Rai Produce, Rondriso Farms, Sunberry Farms, Taves Family Farm, Tsawassen First Nation Farm School, Vista Valley Farm, Your Wildest Foods
2016 Buyers: Belgard Kitchen, Brassneck Brewing, Cafe Medina, Compass Group (Children’s and Women’s Hospital), Fable Kitchen, Fuud Foods, The Flying Pig – Yaletown, Glenburn Soda Fountain, Lepp Farm Market, Nature’s Pickin’s, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, The Red Wagon Café, Restaurant 62, Rocky Mountain Flatbread (Kits & Main St), Seasons Harvest, UBC Food Services, Vij’s
PLANS FOR 2017
Plans for 2017 include expanding the number of participating producers and offering a multi-farm CSA program. First deliveries of 2017 go out May 9th!
Stay tuned for details or register on direct.eatlocal.org for our Fresh Sheet and stay in the loop!