Who We Are
Vision: To build a flourishing Vermont food and farm economy
Mission: Advancing relationships among farmers, chefs, and consumers to grow markets and eat more locally grown food
The Vermont Fresh Network is a community of agricultural and culinary professionals that use Vermont grown and raised foods to create economic, environmental and social gain. We encourage farmers, food processors and chefs to work directly with each other to build partnerships. Building these regional connections contributes to stronger local economies and communities.
The quality and beauty of Vermont's landscape depend upon working farms and working farmers. The Vermont Fresh Network is dedicated to promoting and publicizing Vermont chefs and restaurants that use Vermont grown and produced foods. Our beautiful open fields and scenic landscape also attract tourists and improve our own quality of life. Chefs that purchase the products of our working landscape are helping to maintain this agricultural heritage and contribute to the future of Vermont's farm economy. For this reason, the VFN connects farmers with chefs and promotes these partnerships.
Our purpose also is the education of our consumers. Through our website and links, we hope to educate the dining public on the quality and diversity of Vermont grown foods, as well as the economic impact of supporting local businesses. Through this site, we can inspire travelers to seek out local food and authentic culinary experiences. Most of all we hope to educate anyone who visits with us about the philosophy of preserving our rural identity and lifestyle in Vermont, by keeping Vermont farms working and keeping our green spaces open!
2016 Annual Report: Is linked here.