2017 Farmer Chef Workshops and Mixer Event
Next event: Fall 2017
Past Events and Resources
Direct vs. Wholesale Markets
What’s the difference between direct and wholesale markets? From farmers markets and CSA to restaurants and cafeteria, each market has distinct characteristics, benefits and barriers to market entry. This 1.5 hour workshop review: how to determine your needs, what marketing channels are best for your farm and how to prepare for the Farmer-Chef Mixer.
Selling to Restaurants
The challenge of producing and marketing for wholesale buyers and restaurants can be daunting. Farmers can be hesitant or unprepared to meet the requirements of wholesale buyers and restaurants with regards to product quality, food safety, and insurance. This 1-hour workshop was led by Farmer Chris (Juniper Jungle) and Farmer James (Radicle Roots) who sell direct to restaurants. They discussed restaurant expectations, price points, consistency.
Building a Collaborative
Explore the possibilities of a network with like-minded chefs who care about sourcing, cooking and serving food to create a more localized food system. HDFFA and COIC invited regional chefs to come and talk about how to collectively learn and source more local foods.
Buying from Farmers
The socially responsible chef with the fiscally responsible bottom line. For many chefs the idea of sourcing locally or implementing sustainable practices may seem overwhelming or cost-prohibitive. On the contrary, if done right, leading a sustainable kitchen can increase profits and attract new customers. This workshop was led by Chef Lindsay (Jackson’s Corner) and Chef Dave (Rockin’ Dave) who buy from farmers using creative methods. They discussed restaurant expectations, price points, consistency.
Farmer Chef Mixer Event
Think Musical Chairs, not Blind Date: The Mixer was open to all farmers and chefs/restaurants interested in providing or purchasing farm products on a wholesale basis.
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Central Oregon Locavore
Funded by: Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant