Did you ever wonder where your organic, local food might come from when it appears in a supermarket or restaurant?
In this article I wrote for Edible Portland, I highlighted a couple of wholesalers who are proving vital to the local and organic foods movement. Toooften, middlemen are derided in sustainable agriculture circles, where the emphasis is
usually on buying direct from farmers markets and the like. But selling wholesale works for a lot of farmers, as the article points out. A shout out to Portland's EcoTrust for requesting this story!
Here's the lede:
It might be hard to believe that this cold, dank, 27,000-square-foot
warehouse in Eugene, Oregon, across the road from several natural gas
storage tanks and a giant commercial composting operation, represents a
distant ideal of food distribution. But it just might. The cement
loading docks of Organically Grown Company
are quiet at 8 a.m., but earlier in the morning, well before dawn,
workers here and at another facility twice as big in Portland were
pushing pallets of organic produce into waiting trucks. Some are
stamped with the LADYBUG
label, indicating produce grown on farms in the Pacific Northwest. (read on...)