Our Food Shed
We think of the lands and resources producing our food, and the channels that bring that food from farmer to eater, as our food shed. As a food hub, one of our primary functions is to orchestrate the components of the food shed to maximize effective production, storage, distribution, and use of our local agricultural goods and resources. We achieve this goal through operating Sweet Beet Market, assessing the possibility of wholesale distribution, and community partnerships.
Our Service Area
Our service area is nestled in central/southwest New Hampshire and includes five counties: Sullivan, Cheshire, Merrimack, Hillsborough and Grafton.
We prioritize local goods produced in this 30-mile radius. That means that we give special value to products that meet our definition of local, whether it be sourcing for Sweet Beet Market or distributing to local restaurants.
As our market expands, so too will the scope of our supply. In the hopes that our store can provide all the groceries one needs on a weekly basis, we will turn our gaze to the state and regional level for certain products that we simply cannot find locally, like whole grains, dried beans and seafood. If we can get our fish from the New England coast rather than from half-way across the globe, that's certainly a win!
We are particularly interested in regional food security; that is, in assisting New England on it's journey to producing as much of the food as it consumes as possible. This means strengthening production as well as distribution channels and storage infrastructure in our region.
Our work increasing food access corresponds with the work of Food Solution New England, a network invested in helping New England gain more control of it's own food production. They have launched an important initiative called A New England Food Vision: 50 by 60, wherein they aim for New England to produce 50% of it's food needs by 2060. There is a lot of work to be done and we are trying to do our part, with a focus on our local network.
Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative and ways you can engage. In the meantime, shopping local is the best way you can help ensure local and regional food security!