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4th Annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum


October 16, 2019


Contact: Annie Harlow, Vermont Farm to Plate Consultant and ACORN Board Member, (802) 922-7060

The 4th Annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum took place October 16 at Middlebury College's Kirk Alumni Hall and was a sold out event. This year's theme covered the rewards and risks of growing food businesses and connected buyers, producers across all food categories, distributors and food systems thinkers.

Keynote speaker Dan Horan from New York's Five Acre Farms discussed their Positively Local! campaign and the realistic rises and pitfalls of scaling a local foods business.

Panelists from Skinny Pancake, FinAllie Ferments, Potlicker Kitchen, Sweet Clover Market, Associated Buyers of New Hampshire, Sam Mazza Farm, Pumpkin Village Foods and Venetian Ginger Ale gave specific perspectives on the challenges and opportunities presented in their specific businesses and sectors. Round table discussions and time for networking over a local foods lunch allowed everyone to connect on deeper levels.

The Forum was sponsored by Vermont Farm to Plate, ACORN and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and was #RootedinVermont.