This has been a great year for local food. Though the pressures of high volume organic producers continues and large retailers like Walmart are getting deeper into selling food which they can label local and organic, it’s becoming easier for packaged and non-packaged foods to acquire bar codes which can positively identify their source location and link to the farm’s website or other info.
IF you are interested in labeling your food products with bar-codes, see http://www.ourlocale.org and purchase a package which seems best for your farm. You can link QR codes to your farm’s website and you can find ways to print your code on labeling equipment at your local butchershop or processor ( via their label printers)
IF you think your farm is ready for label printing with QR codes or internationally accepted bar-codes ( which many stores now require) then search and select bar-codes for your farm. Each individually owned farm is entitled to reduced pricing on these codes which should help you to get your products on the shelves of your local store.
Write below in comments section if you have other recent experiences with labeling and contact the great folks at http://www.ourlocale.org for information. See Beefy Boys Jerky for examples of bar-codes on packaged foods which include farm source and processing location information.
Buy Local, Eat Locale. All Across America
It’s the year to find your favorite growers/farmers/processors near your home. Find them at Farmers’ Markets, local stores and let your taste buds lead you there by always asking where something good is from.
We find that many restaurants and markets will say or label food as being local, but it’s always good to ask as the temptation to buy from the cheapest source is often front and center. Encourage retail stores and restaurants to purchase from the best farms in their region by asking.
As the business progresses, bar codes help to verify where a product was grown or produced while at the same time keeping farms and suppliers in compliance with Food Safety regulations. Direct Farmers Markets and Farm Stands are mostly exempt but it’s still wise to ask if you are purchasing directly from the grower or producer, or if the seller is sourcing from other farms. Pick your favorite foods and patronize them so their sales grow. It’s a community effort, but your farmers and your health will both benefit.
It’s fun to always visit farmers markets when you travel, too. This helps local growers with occasional sales, and it’s interesting to learn about what grows in the different regions of our country.
Enjoy 2018 and we wish you happy and healthy eating.
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
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.
Have an excellent, and productive, but also a rewarding 2016
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
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!
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.
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
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.