CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville-based nonprofit is again connecting dozens of food vendors and farmers with small business buyers from across central Virginia.
The Local Food Hub (LFH) held its second annual Grower-Buyer Expo at Old Metropolitan Hall in Charlottesville Friday, February 14. The event brought buyers and sellers under one roof in hopes of better providing fresh food to people across the commonwealth.
“It’s an opportunity for any of the 75 buyer farms and producers that we work with to come out, sample their products, and network directly with people who buy wholesale products,” Portia Boggs with LFH said. “To see it all come together at an event like this and really see what we are trying to do, which is getting more food into more markets into all one place, or one roof is a really inspiring opportunity."
LFH helps farmers get their fresh fruits and vegetables to people in the Charlottesville-area.
“When we all support one another as consumers, when we buy local food, we’re really supporting our friends and our neighbors,” Lee O’Neill with Radical Roots Farm said. “I think that people don’t realize that it takes work to get people out of their routine, and say, ‘I’m going to prioritize getting local food.’ And when they prioritize that, they are keeping money in the local economy. They are supporting other local businesses.”
The Local Food Hub also took time Friday morning to help farmers get updated on any certifications they need to prepare for the year ahead.