Grant Funded in 2017
- Vermont Wine Project – We will offer a variety of opportunities to bring Vermont winemakers, grape growers, distributors, wine buyers, front of the house workers and kitchen staff together to taste and discuss Vermont wines.
- FishOn! – Our members have a chance to experience and educate themselves about the issues facing our waterways. We will look at the influence food production has on our water quality and investigate solutions. We will be fishing and using Vermont fish species to help us better understand today’s water quality issues.
- Market Vermont – We will be promoting Vermont culinary tourism and agritourism in the Boston and New York City markets using DigInVT.com. We will produce a digital ad campaign to increase tourism traffic for our members and DigInVT.com collaborators built around anchor events of the summer. This campaign is part of the larger DigInVT project that brings together Vermont organizations dedicated to supporting local food to create a shared platform for marketing authentic Vermont food and farm experiences.
Core Annual Programs
Annual Forum Dinner - Our annual celebration on the first Sunday in August. Come join the feast! More than twenty chef and farmer partners cook up a tremendous dinner on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Annual Meeting - Bringing us together to inspire each other and strengthen our work.
Fresh Feed - Sharing network stories and news in our bi-weekly e-newsletter and blog with over 2,500 food-focused readers! The Fresh Insider is a members-only publication that comes out 2-3 times each month, sharing industry-focused news and resources.
Vermont Local Food Matchmaker - Food Buyers and producers spend an afternoon "speed dating".
Gold Barn Honor - Recognizing VFN chefs who raise the bar for others. Gold Barn Awardees are prominently acknowledged in our Local Food Guide and on our website.
Local Food Guide – Through our partnership with Edible Green Mountains Magazine, each year we print and distribute 30,000 pocket guides, highlighting all of our members exclusively.
Membership Criteria and Standards - Maintain checks and balances of the Brand’s authenticity in the eyes of our members and the general public
Iconic Branding – Vermonters and visitors look for the sign when they shop and dine. VFN’s brand says, farmer endorsed and chef approved.
Open Farm Week – Collaborative event that invites the public to explore Vermont’s working farms and to meet the farmer families.
Social Media – We radiate the energy of the Network to our members and the general public in order to celebrate, educate and inspire.
Google Ad Words Campaign – Increasing visibility and driving consumer traffic to VermontFresh.net
Media Relationships and Confidence – Through our strong connections with Edible Green Mountains Magazine, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and local and national press, VFN is seen as a “go to” for authentic recommendations – our members get coverage
Members-only Facebook Group - Connect with like-minded chefs, farmers and food artisans. A quick way to get the word out if our members have something special to offer
Statewide Leaderships – We represent our member's interests and create opportunities to celebrate their participation in Vermont’s food revolution