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The Chesterhill Produce Auction – A Catalyst For Produce Producers

The Chesterhill Produce Auction – A Catalyst For Produce Producers

The auction focuses on getting smaller landowners in the area to the scale to where they can sell and get attention for their products, with the auction now serving as a catalyst for sales and attention in the area. Last year the auction grossed over $300,000, with the auction taking a 16% commission for all vegetables sold. Current sales levels cover non-labor operating costs but the plan is to grow sales to the point where the commission can cover an operations person full-time and reach breakeven without relying on grants.

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This Food Hub Leverages A Diverse Food Shed For A Resilient Future

This Food Hub Leverages A Diverse Food Shed For A Resilient Future

Dorchester’s Farm Food Hub, a for-profit cooperative located in Prince County, Maryland serving the Chesapeake Bay food shed. The Hub aggregates and tries to ensure consistent supply of seafood and farm products (fruit, produce, livestock) and then redistributes to areas that are historically under-served via direct delivery of fresh and healthy food options. The Hub gives its customers lots of choice and flexibility, allowing people to chose what they purchase based on availability and their preferences. They started with 20 members in 2014 and are now up to nearly 500 consistent members in 2018. The average order size for their products is about $57 and 2 products. The Hub keeps consistent data on their customers’ preferences and has developed new products, like chicken plates and coleslaw, to both eliminate unnecessary waste in their operations and improve their bottom line through producing of value-added products and adding customers to existing delivery routes. The Hub has sought to further leverage their strategic advantages of seafood and aggregation services as their biggest points of differentiation in the marketplace.

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