Local Food in 2017

Is this the year for source verification – using bar codes or other technology? When you purchase, try to find the source, and when possible know and support your local food growers, preparers and everyone who supports open and clear source information on food products

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2016 Local Food/local Agriculture

Support your local farm markets,  retailers and the farms that grow good food in your area.      More FOOD HUBS,  and direct sales in 2016 will occur,  Stand by or send us your latest market news.

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Think and act locally in 2016

Have an excellent, and productive, but also a rewarding 2016

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Buy Local goods in 2015

Make it a resolution to buy more locally crafted foods, arts, parts, and things in general in 2015.  Are the big chains  and the Walton family wealth something you identify with?  I’ll bet not,  so support your local merchants,  and buy goods where people can actually talk to you about the products and services they sell,  not just scan a bar-code and check you out at the register.   America needs more quality merchants and more goods that are produced stateside,  not cheaper imported, poorer quality things.   So,  please think about where your money goes  when you go shopping.   Thanks for reading and for acting locally in 2015

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Please learn about Friends of MAAM

There’s a great group forming in Montgomery County, MD  to create an indoor and outdoor marketplace in North Potomac at the historic Maple Springs Barn on Darnestown road.   http://friendsofmaam.com/2014/11/02/moco-agricultural-arts-indoor-market/  is where you can sign up to help  or just show your support as a consumer and member public who support local farmers and artisans.   It’s important that consumers show support for markets where farmers can sell directly to there customers.  Sign up today!

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Technology to help the local meat farmers

Be sure to follow online events this weekend as a group in New York City “hacks” or discusses ways that technology can be applied to the local food business to help farmers sell more, and to help consumers know more about the food that they buy and feed to their families. Scan our QR codes and stay tuned for more info.

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Small Farmers can get a Big Boost with smart labels

Produce,  and Meats from small farms can now gain access to affordable GTIN bar-codes, packaged with QR codes and a mobile marketing app,  so that customers can find and purchase quickly,  and be sure that the food is part of a local economy.  Stay tuned for new locations with “source verified”  food grown by family farms

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Local Meat BUYER survey

We’re gathering information on buyers of local foods,  particularly in schools, hospitals and other institutions and would appreciate survey responses ( link attached)  if you fall into any of those categories OR if you are a retail buyer concerned with finding truly local meats.   This is for the QR and GTIN bar-code system  that’s now being tested.  THANKS for helping us gain some meaningful responses to help local farms label their goods in the most cost effective and most efficient ways !   Eat Well.

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Farmer Survey regarding local food labeling

We’re thrilled to announced that a survey is now active through June 7th  to gauge interest in a Local Food Labeling system that will allow small family farms to get standard bar-codes  for their products to improve shipping, inventory and retailing at little or no cost to the farm.  Consumers want to confirm that anything labeled as ” Local Food”  really does come directly from a farm in their area,  and the Locale system provides for a direct link to farm information, including the exact location, from a simple smart phone app that scans the Locale bar-code.   Please link to the survey to participate and include contact information at the end if you think this can help your farm and community.

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Look for a survey on “source verified” foods in Maryland soon

Our team has created a survey to first determine farmer’s interest and questions about the QR and GTIN bar-code labeling that is now available in our region through the good people at OurLocale.com.  Please participate in the survey,  and check back with http://www.localechesapeake.com  for a link in the coming weeks.  We want to create a system for all consumers, institutional buyers, restaurants, farmers market customers and all consumers to “Know their Farmer”  and so that we can all choose foods that are carefully grown to the highest of standards.  “Source Verified”  is important to us all.

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