“Our purpose is to build a community food system that connects growers with consumers”
Build a Strong Community
Local Harvest Market Co. is a regional food hub in Alexandria, MN. It was formed by a group of west central Minnesota producers and consumers primarily to build a market bridge between local farmers and local consumers.
We facilitate direct farmer to consumer sales through an online ordering and payment system with delivery to local drop sites for consumer pick up. We are essentially a year-around “online farmers market.”
For commercial and institutional accounts we provide sales and marketing, aggregation of products from producers, transactional services and delivery.
Our producers are local farmers and small producers of value-added products. All producers are accountable to meet regulatory requirements and the standards established by our Producer Committee.
Local Harvest Market acts as a catalyst for collaboration between growers, small local food processors and distributors, food co-ops, neighborhood grocers, restaurants, and institutional customers. We believe we can build a market that will help small family farms to survive while giving greater access in our community to fresh, wholesome, local and sustainably produced food.
The online market went live on November 6, 2014 at www.localharvestmarket.co. Initial drop sites are in Alexandria. We may add additional drop sites in the future. We launched a wholesale business in June 2015. Our long-term plans include building storage capacity (frozen, refrigerated, root storage), a mixing center for staging wholesale customer orders, and expanded distribution capability in central Minnesota. This will allow us to extend the season for locally grown foods well into the winter months, and provide the scale needed to serve wholesale customers and institutions (schools and hospitals).
Local Harvest Market Co. provides transparency to consumers on how their food is produced and brought to market. We want our customers to make informed choices about health and nutrition, protecting natural resources, reducing food miles, contributing to local economic growth, and creating self-sufficiency in our rural communities.
Why this is important
COMMUNITY SELF RELIANCE
PROVIDE ACCESS TO MARKETS FOR SMALL LOCAL GROWERS
SOURCE IDENTIFIED FOOD
KNOW YOUR FARMER; KNOW YOUR FOOD