We are happy to announce a new pilot program in collaboration with Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition to increase procurement of locally grown and sustainably raised meat and produce. From ten years of work expanding the local food system, building the supply of locally grown and sustainably raised food, and working with wholesale buyers and distributors to efficiently transport product to wholesale customers, FamilyFarmed.org is uniquely positioned to contribute to this project.
The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition (GCRC) is committed to providing professional procurement services to support members as they increase their use of local and sustainable products. In recent years, the Coalition has set up procurement systems to provide members with environmentally preferable products at a cost-competitive price.
This collaboration will help restaurants and foodservice companies source local/regional meat, produce, dairy, poultry, eggs, and specialty products. To simplify the process FamilyFarmed.org will help restaurants work with existing distributors or recommend new distributors depending on specific needs.
It’s an easy process. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Contact James Pirovano at FamilyFarmed.org via email or at 708-763-9920.
2. Let us know what your needs are, make sure to include the type of products you wish to purchase from local sources.
3. FamilyFarmed.org will develop a set of recommendations for you based on types and quantities of products you desire, and taking into consideration your current set of relationships with distributors and other vendors.
4. We will provide ongoing support to help you implement this program in the 2012 growing season.
This collaboration offers GCRC members the opportunity to connect with local growers to increase procurement of locally grown and sustainably raised food.
Are farmer interested in selling direct to restaurants? If you’d like to be included in our recommendations to restaurants, please let us know. We’re looking for diverse products, so please contact us about your interest and what products you offer!