What Sellers are saying about FoodHub


We’re not planting more crops; instead we’re planting more of the crops that grow better here. We used to raise 30 different varieties to take to farmers’ markets. Now I grow 16 crops that do really well here and I sell it all because of the connections I’ve made on FoodHub.

- Phil Greif, pd Farms Read their connection story

This is our first year that we’re selling to schools and it's because we joined FoodHub and got connected. It's right there in front of you on the computer and it's easy to get online and access points of interest.

- Gregg Everts, Bella Terra Gardens Read their connection story

FoodHub saves all the work of having to research and figure out who the right contact person is.

- Brian O’Driscoll, Springbank Farm

FoodHub is like Facebook for farmers!

- Matt Battilega, Big B Farm

FoodHub is a great way for us to reach out to distributors and restaurants and caterers. It cuts out a lot of the leg work and makes the initial contact a friendlier experience.

- John Bannerman, Wilderness Poets Read their connection story

FoodHub is a great resource for small farmers.

- Andrea Sandberg, Treasure from Heaven Farm Read their connection story

Seller Connection Stories

pdFarms

Phil Greifs of pdFarms and Greifs Gourmet in Elgin, OR, found the value of spending a small portion of time each day on FoodHub.“You have to check in on FoodHub,” he said. “I check My FoodHub twice a day during the week just to see what’s out there.” And, he said, being active on FoodHub has brought welcome change to other parts of his business as well. “It just seems like the connections keep coming,” said Greif. “I was making deliveries to Portland once a month and sometimes every other week. Now it’s on a weekly basis and I partner up with another farm – who is also a FoodHub member – and take turns making deliveries.” Read Full Story

Bella Terra Gardens ↔ Wahluke School District

While searching the Marketplace for local buyers Gregg Everts of Bella Terra Gardens saw a post from Wahluke School District Nutritional Services Director Diane Hyndman, based in Matawa, WA, about 60 miles away. Now, Everts is discussing plans to replace the current cucumbers and tomatoes on the school’s salad bar with Bella Terra’s locally grown products. Read Full Story

Our Family Farm ↔ Know Thy Food

A year ago Derek Brandow, along with his wife, started pasture-raising poultry on five acres in Eugene, OR, and called it Our Family Farm. While scanning the site Brandow happened upon Know Thy Food, a buying club out of Portland. Read Full Story

Treasure from Heaven Farm ↔ David Douglas School District

In their first years, Treasure from Heaven Farm supplied CSA members and the La Grande Farmers’ Market. Upon joining FoodHub, they discovered that Portland-area food buyers were requesting many of the products that Treasure from Heaven grows and raises. The farm now sells fruit to the David Douglas and Beaverton School Districts. “We feel it’s a privilege to have our produce served to school children,” says Treasure’s Andrea Sandberg. They also sell whole pigs and pastured eggs to Portland fine dining restaurants. Read Full Story

Wobbly Cart Farm ↔ Sassafras Catering

After placing a "Wanted" post in the FoodHub Marketplace, Jennifer Brooks of Sassafras Catering connected with Joseph Gabiou of Wobbly Cart Farm, a grower in Rochester, Washington. Now, she's hoping that Joseph will not only be able to grow sunchokes for her famous relish, but also a list of 12 other essential ingredients to support Sassafras' line of nine canned goods. Read Full Story

Big B Farms ↔ Grand Central Baking

With bakeries in Seattle and Portland, Grand Central Baking is committed to working with regional producers across the Northwest. The bakery has nurtured relationships with regional vendors for years, but there are always holes to fill. This spring, Grand Central Baking used the FoodHub Marketplace to find ingredients for its legendary pies. The post read, "We are in search of local rhubarb for pie season. We prefer once a week deliveries to our North Portland Bakery. We need 250–350 pounds per week while in season (April–July)." FoodHub member Big B Farms, who had never worked with Grand Central Baking before, responded to the post and struck a deal for an entire field of rhubarb. "It was like magic," said Grand Central Bakery's Laura Ohm.

Val's Veggies ↔ Columbia County Natural

Columbia County Natural is a non-profit food buying club started in May of 2010 in Scappoose, Oregon. Susan Baker and Monique Tindall started the buying club to provide more options for local residents, who have minimal access to regionally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Using FoodHub they started sourcing winter squash and pumpkins from Val's Veggies. Read Full Story

A&B Farms ↔ Lents Food Buying Club

A&B Farms posted on the FoodHub Marketplace about the local strawberries they would soon have available. The Lents Food Buying Club responded. After bringing samples to the main buyer, A&B Farms sealed a deal for weekly delivery of 42 flats. Read Full Story

Worden Hill Farm ↔ The Black Rabbit Restaurant

Wolfgang Ortloff and his wife Susan run 12 1/2-acre Worden Hill Farm in the Dundee Hills, where they raise Berkshire and Duroc pigs. John Zenger of the Black Rabbit Restaurant, part of McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, found the Ortloff's unique peach-raised pork in the FoodHub Marketplace. Read Full Story

Provenance Farms ↔ Nostrana

Chef Kelly Meyers of Nostrana was looking for eggs, what she ended up with were stewing hens. While looking online at FoodHub she met farmers Rachel and Keith Prickett who run Provenance Farm in Philomath, Oregon, where they raise pastured lamb, turkeys, and chickens. Read Full Story

Tipping Tree Farm ↔ Gervais School District

The Nutrition Services Director for the Gervais School District near Salem, Oregon, found out that her regular farmer would not be able to supply the lettuce she needed for the Harvest of the Month she had planned. Instead of panicking, she used FoodHub to send a quick message to several farms nearby that listed lettuce among their products and also posted her request to the FoodHub Marketplace section. By the end of that day, she had found her lettuce! Ivan Maluski from Tipping Tree Farm in Colton (only 6 miles down the road from Gervais schools) got in touch and delivered the lettuce himself the next week. Read Full Story

Cal Farms ↔ Portland Public Schools

Every month during the school year, Portland Public Schools features one regionally grown or produced item on their menu so that students can learn more about and taste regional agriculture. At 20,000 meals a day, the Portland school district is one of the largest in the state. The district is often challenged to find producers who can meet its volume needs. Read Full Story

Wilderness Poets ↔ Honor Earth Farms

John Bannerman of Wilderness Poets was able to spread the good word about his products with the Marketplace and find a new source for hazelnuts for his line of artisan nut butters: Linda Perrine of Honor Earth Farms, a 35 acre organic hazelnut farm in Eugene, Oregon. Read Full Story

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