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A program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy

Farm to Copacker

We work with Vermont farms to create new market opportunities focusing on crops that grow well in our region. 

Vermont has become a national leader in direct market sales for farm businesses, from local farmstands and farmer's markets, to our continued growth of diversified farm operations. At the Center for an Agricultural Economy, we work to expand the market opportunities available to farmers in our region; working to create relationships with institutions, schools and more, while also providing equipment and processing lines for farmers to create new value-added products.

Over the past three years, the Farm to Co-Packer Program has focused on developing fresh cut and frozen products made from local fruits and vegetables for a variety of markets – from schools to restaurants.  In this program, we are committed to;

  • Working closely with farms to identify crops they grow well in volume;
  • Procuring processing equipment here at the Vermont Food Venture Center that best suits processing the identified crops efficiently, and;
  • Reaching out to Vermont schools, institutions, restaurants, and retail markets to not only identify the local fruits and vegetables they want more of, but also the type of cut that would make it easier for each market to cook with and/or sell local produce.

Our farm partners for the coming year include:

Riverside Farm - East Hardwick, VT
River Berry Farm - Fairfax, VT
Foote Brook Farm - Johnson, VT
Lewis Creek Farm - Starksboro, VT
Chappelle's Potatoes - Williamstown, VT
Rooney Farm - Morrisville, VT
Peaslee's Potatoes - Guildhall, VT

The Vermont Food Venture Center acts as a food processing facility to expand value-added fruit and vegetable markets for local and regional farmers!

To learn more about our Services, contact Alissa Matthews at alissa@hardwickagriculture.org.