Friday, July 3, 2009

Encourage your favorite restaurants to buy and sell locally grown products. Here's how.

"Increase sales and consumption of locally grown products and rebuild a more efficient local food distribution system, saving farmers and chefs, time, gas and money." These are the goals.

Bristol is known for some really good restaurants. It is important to appreciate what it takes for schools, restaurants and grocers to bypass the big food suppliers and look locally for fresh food by supporting RI farms. It's not always easy. Two restaurants are doing this in Bristol. Persimmon and The Beehive Cafe. Castle Hill in Newport does it as well as Chez Pascal and Waterman Grille in Providence. They are all part of a new program with Farm Fresh RI called 'Market Mobile' and much of the planning, ordering, pricing and availability is all done online. 

"Chefs cannot spend a lot of time away from the kitchen driving directly to the farms to pick up various orders. Farmers would love to sell to more restaurants, groceries and schools, but do not always have the time and labor available to make deliveries. That's why Farm Fresh is piloting a new program called Market Mobile, to facilitate buying relationships between RI producers and business buyers and institutions."

Please go to the Farm Fresh RI link below for more details on how it works and most importantly share this info with your favorite restaurant/grocer/school!  The Beehive Cafe will be serving RI beef and hot dogs and made their ketchup from scratch for their special menu for 3rd, 4th and 5th July!

For Market Mobile info call: 401-529-4952 or email:

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