2018 MVGA News
Food Hub Route Expansion
The MVGA food hub has increased sales 16% through September of 2018 as compared with the same time last year. A complete analysis of sustainability is under review by the Business committee to determine strategies and proposals for 2019.
MVGA continues to explore additional food hub delivery routes to include weekdays in addition to Saturday.
Findings of the 2017 National Food Hub Survey
Executive Summary (March, 2018)
Survey Conducted by Michigan State University and the Wallace Ctr.
On average, 46% of a hub’s producers and suppliers are considered beginning farmers or businesses, meaning they began business in the last 10 years
89% of hubs source mostly or exclusively from small to mid-sized farms and ranches
82% of hubs say increasing small and mid-sized farmers,’ and ranchers’ access to markets is strongly related to their mission
Hubs are primarily sourcing from rural farms and ranches — 86% of farms supplying food hubs are rural
82% of hubs say ensuring producers and suppliers receive a fair price is related to their mission
A majority of hubs prefer their suppliers to have social and environmental certifications, though the number of hubs requiring these certifications is small
In 2017, 57% of hubs had staff responsible for the hub’s internal food safety compliance, up from 49% of hubs in 2015.
However, the data split between the high and low ends: for 17% of hubs selling to businesses or institutions, none of their customers required GAP; for 15% of hubs selling to businesses or institutions, all of their customers required GAP
Earth Day Celebrated by MVGA and UH Hospital
On 04-19-18, MVGA participated with approximate a dozen food and renewable energy vendors at University Hospital (UH) in Cleveland celebrating Earth Day. Nearly 5,000 UH employees had the opportunity to visit displays and discuss our buy local initiative, take a few produce handouts and view a PowerPoint presentation showing our small size farmers working their businesses. MVGA looks forward to participating again next year.
Buy Local Starts April 7th.
Local farm fresh produce is grown by our area small farmers is now available to our distributors for purchase and resale to retail buyers. (chefs).
Both Whitehouse Specialty Crops and Schmidlin's Greenhouse planted specifically to yield the food hubs first tomato crop this time of year. Small, medium and large slicers are available including, red & artisan grape tomatoes.
Safety is important to MVGA's food hub operation. Each month there will be 1-2 additional growers who will be GAP inspected and certified. This will result in new produce added every two weeks as the program ramps up this spring. We anticipate asparagus, a variety of greens such as salanova, baby spinach, some herbs and English cucumbers by the end of April and first of May.
2018 is the start of our third year, and we are looking forward to it!