Community Solutions

Wholesale Producer Partnership

Iniiated and coordinated by Local Food Alliance, the Wholesale Producer Partnership increases access to locally and organically grown food through wholesale markets.

Initiative

Wholesale Producer Partnership

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Community Solutions

Coordinated by LFA's Amy Mattias, the Wholesale Producer Partnership (WPP) is an initiative to formalize, strengthen and expand already existing collaborations of South-Central Idaho farmers to ensure strong balanced supply and demand for locally produced products entering the wholesale food markets in the Wood River Valley region.

Stakeholders:

  • Certified organic vegetable, fruit, and grain producers in South-Central Idaho
  • Wholesale buyers in the Wood River Valley region including grocery stores, restaurants, and institutional buyers
  • Wood River Valley-based organizations promoting quality of place, including but not limited to: Sun Valley Institute’s food program, Local Food Alliance; Sun Valley Culinary Institute; Visit Sun Valley; Sun Valley Resort; The Chamber
  • Individuals residing and visiting the Wood River Valley region

Goals:

  • Improved coordination to meet growing collaborations and subsequent distribution efforts; enhancing access to locally produced food in the Wood River Valley region;
  • Assess and support growth of the wholesale supply and demand for locally produced foodstuff. Expand business opportunities throughout the local food supply chain;
  • Co-create a long-term vision for food resilience with a wholesale food system that will serve future generations;
  • Develop a successful model for implementing a collaborative, local food distribution between farmers and buyers, ensuring all associated costs are covered by revenue streams within three years.

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