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Growers Collaborative Supplies Local Food to California Institutions

Sustainable communities travel on their tummies :-) and local food travels from the farm to schools, corporate kitchens, etc in less than 48 hours. That's a fresh green idea!

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Growers Collaborative, in Davis, California is a nonprofit, large-scale virtual farmers’ market that buys local and seasonal fruits and vegetables from family farms and distributes it to schools, universities, hospitals, and corporate cafeterias. They have locations not only in Davis, but Berkeley, Watsonville and Eureka.

Local Farm Food Distribution in Ventura, Greater Los Angeles, the Central Coast, and the Sacramento Valley

By aggregating product from farms that are too small to work with conventional distributors, the Growers Collaborative removes a significant marketing barrier for independent family farms across the state. Currently, the Growers Collaborative serves growers and institutions in Ventura, Greater Los Angeles, the Central Coast, and the Sacramento Valley.

The company is licensed by the California Department of Agriculture to distribute produce and holds umbrella liability insurance for all of our produce. The Growers Collaborative sells only source-verified, fully traceable products, sourcing organic produce whenever possible.

Key marketing features include:

  • Growers Collaborative strives to deliver produce within 48 hours of being picked by the grower
  • All Growers Collaborative farms are family-owned and operated, and all practice sustainable agriculture.
  • Growers Collaborative helps institutions determine what local produce is available and how they can implement a budget-conscious local food sourcing policy.

If you're interested in learning more about the Growers Collaborative, or are ready to start bringing local produce into your institutional kitchen, contact your local regional manager.

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