The Farm to Table Store is an online marketplace offering seasonal produce, meats, dairy and more, in wholesale quantities direct from Washington farms.
The Farm to Table Store serves only institutional food service providers such as hospitals, universities, schools, preschools and senior centers in Seattle, Everett and Tacoma.
How Does It Work?
- Institutional buyers and farmers request an account at the Farm to Table Store
- Farmers update their inventory, pricing and availability each week
- NABC distributes a fresh sheet to registered buyers every Monday reflecting current offerings
- Buyers place orders online, pay by PO or credit card and choose a delivery date
- Farmers bring their order to 21 Acres Food Hub where orders are combined and delivered to customers in one truck
- Orders are delivered and farmers get paid
- Repeat weekly until the season ends
What is the Farm to Table Partnership?
In July 2010 Northwest Agriculture Business Center announced its involvement in a new and unique Farm to Table partnership designed to reach some of Seattle’s most underserved seniors and preschool aged children. This public health partnership was led by City of Seattle Human Services Aging and Disability Services and also included diverse Seattle and King County aging and youth agencies including Youth and Family Empowerment Division, King County Housing Authority, LifeLong AIDS Alliance/Chicken Soup Brigade, Senior Services, The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Senior Services Program, Catholic Community Services, and others. NABC’s has continued connecting local farms to meal-sites, and make healthy foods more accessible than ever by bringing local produce straight from local farms to low-income and/or home-bound seniors and kids through home-delivered and congregate meal programs.
Farm to Table has since extended into hospitals, schools and university campuses thanks to organizations like Health Care Without Harm/Healthy Food in Health Care, Washington State Farm to School and Real Food Challenge.
The City of Seattle has pledged its ongoing support for programs like Farm to Table in its Food Action Plan. This is a very exciting opportunity for NABC to leverage resources to expand this sustainable market opportunity for local farmers and feed people that need good food the most.