In 2013, we began hosting Meet Your Farmer events in the spring–gatherings where local food producers can come, set up a display, bring products to sample and sell and make those important connections with customers in a fun, social setting.
Farmers share information about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, value-add products like jams and pickles, and their growing practices. For farmers that don’t sell through farmers markets, this can be an invaluable way to meet with customers face to face and build all-important personal connections.
Customers have to opportunity to sample products, ask questions and find out where and how to purchase from the farmers and food producers they meet.
Can’t make it to a Meet Your Farmer event? Now there’s an easy way to search for local food producers through the online North Coast Food Guide, a searchable database of food producers from Long Beach, Washington to Lincoln City, Oregon.
Find out more at www.northcoastfood.org