Posts Tagged ‘Provenance Farm

FoodHub Connections: Flying Fish Company puts big impacts in small packages

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by

As one of FoodHub’s early adopters, Lyf Gildersleeve has a list of local connections almost as long as Flying Fish Company’s first Portland storefront – a retrofitted bread delivery truck parked on a corner in Southeast Portland. And while his current location on Hawthorne Street isn’t much bigger, Gildersleeve has managed to sell more than a half million dollars worth of product through the 176 square foot shack – to which he recently added a shipping container converted into a commercial kitchen and walk-in refrigerator. According to the Food Marketing Institute, that’s on par with average sales per square foot of most grocery stores, which are normally 46,000 square feet per store.

To keep the shelves stocked and the product fresh, Gildersleeve builds working relationships with local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, and he finds them with FoodHub.

“One the great connections I had last year was with Copper River Fish Market for their sockeye,” he said. “I ended up getting thousands of pounds from them last summer and will again this coming June.”

Last year’s list is impressive: 2,000 pounds of Copper River salmon, 2,000 pounds of Chinook salmon, 5,000 pounds of Oregon-caught tuna, 2,000 pounds of Dungeness crab, 2,000 pounds of bay shrimp, plus local pastured eggs, grassfed meats, local cheese, and other specialties like local Frog Eyes Wasabi. A sampling of FoodHub connections includes Rainshadow El Rancho, Chicken Scratch Farm, Provenance Farm, Reister Farms Lamb, Deck Family Farms, and Buchholz and Son Farms, LLC.

“We’re fortunate here in Oregon – it’s a pretty abundant place,” said Gildersleeve, who moved to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to the region’s burgeoning local food marketplace after opening his first Flying Fish location in Park City, UT.

He’s not the first Flying Fish-monger: It’s a family business. Flying Fish Co. was first started by his father, Craig Gildersleeve, in Sandpoint, ID. His sister Amber now runs the original shop after starting a third location in Durango, CO. After growing up in the business, Lyf understands the challenges farmers, fishermen and ranchers face when bringing their products to market. “When I buy something from a farmer or a fisherman I give them a check when they deliver,” he said. “I take the risk and don’t ask them to front it because I understand the need for cashflow.” (more…)

Fresh Sheet for Buyers | October 16 – 22, 2012

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by

The FoodHub Fresh Sheet is a rundown of what’s popping in the community this week.

In this week’s Fresh Sheet: Get your gobblers and is it po-tay-toe or po-tah-toe? (more…)

Fresh Sheet for Buyers | Mar. 27 – Apr. 2

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by

The FoodHub Fresh Sheet is a rundown of what’s popping in the community this week.

In this week’s Fresh Sheet: Find a centerpiece for your Easter feast; grass-raised beef and handmade granola. (more…)

Fresh Sheet for Buyers | Mar. 6 – 12

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by

The FoodHub Fresh Sheet is a rundown of what’s popping in the community this week.

In this week’s Fresh Sheet: Pastured products aplenty and local sourcing and service solutions. (more…)

Fresh Sheet for Buyers | Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by

The FoodHub Fresh Sheet is a rundown of what’s popping in the community this week.

In this week’s Fresh Sheet: Ingredients for a saucy September and pleasantries from pasture to pantry. (more…)

Fresh Sheet for Buyers | May 24-30

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 by

The FoodHub Fresh Sheet is a rundown of what’s popping in the community this week.

This week we bring you some tasty birds, greens and grains, and a homage to fromage!

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