https://www.thepacker.com/article/fda-calls-new-era-food-safety A good read to see where gov food safety programs are heading. Traceability is possible though cumbersome for some products. What do you think?
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
Farmer Survey regarding local food labeling
We’re thrilled to announced that a survey is now active through June 7th to guage 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.