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Working with Food Hubs & Distributors

Food Hubs

Vermont has exhibited an incredible expansion in the number of regional food hubs in recent years. In 2009, there were six food hubs and currently, more than twenty-four community food groups have formed with the goal of supporting local agriculture in their region. These groups are doing incredible work to advance the local food system.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a food hub as a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

Many of Vermont’s food hubs also provide farm to school program support, consumer education, and farmer education and outreach, encourage stewardship of healthy soils and clean water, and facilitate aggregation and distribution of Vermont agricultural products.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets supports these food hub efforts and encourages producers and consumers to connect with the organized community food group in their area. Here is a list of Vermont food hubs, including contact information and the regions they serve. And here is a food hub case study for Farm Connex.

A listing on this page does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, or the Working Lands Enterprise Board and Program Manager.