We're off to Killington this morning to participate in the 6th annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering. The gathering is a two-day series of forums where the entirety of the Farm to Plate Network gets together to examine Vermont's food system in the past year, as well as moving forward. Specifically, the Network is looking at what aspects of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan--a 10 year plan signed into law in 2009 with three main goals: to increase economic development in VT's farm and food sector, create jobs in the farm and food economy, and to improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters (if you want to read more about it, here's the article that we just referenced).
The forum that we'll be participating in is a discussion around the viability of using #2 (or seconds) produce in value added production. We're excited to discuss all aspects of it--the pitfalls, upsides, labor costs, and generally how we (and others) make it work. We hope to see you guys there!
(some of our beautiful #2 tomatoes)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joe & Lori