By Wendy M. Levy/The Commons
On the first day of spring, Stonewall Farm hosted the Food Connects and Monadnock Menus 2018 Local Food Trade Show.
Upstairs in the visitor center’s bright, sunny community room, 25 regional food producers gave out information and samples of their wares to approximately 70 attendees. Most were buyers representing local retail stores, restaurants, schools, and other food-service operations.
Food Connects, which merged with Monadnock Menus last autumn, is a nonprofit that started in 2013 with a mission to deliver “locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems.”
Through its Food Hub, Food Connects sells fruit, vegetables, meats, dairy foods, and value-added items from 45 local farmers and producers.
Their customers include approximately 100 wholesale buyers in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and retail and cooperative stores in Windham County and a small part of Windsor County in Vermont, and Cheshire County in New Hampshire.