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The Eat Local First campaign strengthens Olympic Peninsula farms and producers by engaging the community through education, promotion and access to build a diverse and vibrant local food economy.


 
 

The Eat Local First Olympic Peninsula campaign is hosting a Farm to Table Trade Meeting meant to serve as an opportunity for producers and growers to connect with buyers across the region who are looking to purchase locally sourced foods.  We will kick off with a panel discussion of best practices from the perspective of an institution, a restaurant, a retailer, and a farmer. The main portion of the meeting will allow buyers and producers to have one on one consultations. Then we wrap up the day with a tasting reception featuring local food and beverage! For detailed information, please read below.

The Details…

Date and Time: Monday November 18th

Location: Fort Worden, USO Building, 200 Battery Way. Port Townsend, Wa

Trade Meeting: 11:30am - 3pm

Tasting Reception: 3pm - 4:30pm

Tickets: $20 if purchased by October 25th, $30 starting October 26th (pre-registration required.)

Vendor Tables: $75 (limited to 15 spots)

Registration Closes November 8th, 2019

For more detailed information please read on. We are offering scholarships to farmers who would like to participate on a first come first serve basis. Apply below.

For more information about the Farm to Table Trade Meeting or the campaign, please email – info@supportlocalfood.org

What you need to know:

We look forward to your participation and before you register, we wanted to give you a few more details about the meeting.

  • The meeting will start at 11:30 on November 18th at Fort Worden Conference Center. 

  • Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $20 until October 25th and then they go up to $30.

  • The meeting will kick-off with a panel discussion on buying and purchasing local food for businesses big and small who are now doing this in the region.

  • The main feature of the Trade Meeting is the Buyer-Producer Consultations starting at 1:00

  • There will ample networking opportunities and sampling of local food and beverage!

  • **Payments are processed through the Kitsap Community Foundation, our fiscal sponsor.

Buyer Specific

  • It is very important that you complete this brief survey before you purchase your ticket.

  • When you check-in the day of the Trade Meeting your packet will include a sign with your name, the name of your organization and the items you are looking for to purchase. This will insure we connect you with the RIGHT farmers and producers.

Farmer or Producer Specific

  1. Scholarships for farmers are available if you purchase a ticket on a first come first serve basis – $10 off the price of the ticket.

  2. To qualify for a scholarship you much complete a brief survey – if you are selected you will be sent a discount code you can use when you purchase your ticket.

  3. There are a limited number of 6 foot vendor tables available for $75.  This price includes 2 tickets to the event and you may sell your products.

  4. All participant will have an opportunity to display your products and materials on our Marketplace table – details to follow.

  5. PRIOR to the event – you will receive an email requesting you submit a Produce/Product Plan for 2020 – this is the best way to match you up with the right buyers attending the event!


Apply for the Farmer Scholarship

Name *
Name
What is your greatest challenge in connecting to regional markets/buyers? *
(check all that apply)
Where do you sell your products? *
(check all that apply)

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CAMPAIGN GOALS

  • Grow and sustain sales for local farmers and food producers

  • Grow sales for locally owned food business i.e. grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, fisheries, and wine, cider and beer maker

  • Minimize barriers for institutional food buyers i.e. hospitals, schools, retirement homes, community organizations who want to purchase local and regionally sourced food

  • Increase access to local and regionally sources food for low-income and rural populations

  • Serve as the trusted community resource for finding seasonal, local and regional foods from the Olympic Peninsula region

  • Educate consumers on how to use local crops and when they are in season

CAMPAIGN PARTNERS

The Food Coop, Port Townsend

Jefferson County Farmers Markets

North Olympic Development Council

Olympic Culinary Loop

Washington State University Extension - Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties

Jefferson County Local Food System Council

FISCAL SPONSOR – The Local Food Trust

CAMPAIGN SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

We have a number of sponsorship opportunities for area businesses and organizations. If your business or organization would like to support the Olympic Peninsula Eat Local First campaign please contact us at info@supportlocalfood.org. Funding from sponsorships will be used to pay for marketing materials, event visibility, and staff coordination of the campaign.