Expanding Small- and Mid-scale Farms’ Production of Value-added Foods
As direct market channels for locally grown produce become saturated, small- and mid-scale farms need additional market outlets. A Full Belly Farm family member who produces and markets value-added foods, such as on-farm dinners and packaged specialty foods, will discuss how she developed the value-added foods and some of the challenges she faced during this process. Two researchers will also discuss some recent findings from their research, including the feasibility for small- and mid-scale farmers to supply ingredients to specialty food manufacturers or to become specialty food producers themselves. marketplace. The conversation will also cover the basics of Cottage Food Law. Panelists will also discuss the benefits, barriers, and challenges faced by both the manufacturers and farmers, how the two groups can make connections, and how their sales transactions can be developed, increased, and streamlined, while also creating benefits for the regional food economy.