Local Food

Why eat local?

When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your community, and strengthen the local economy. More than 90¢ of every dollar you spend goes to the farmer, thus preserving farming as a livelihood and farmland. Check out the Top Ten Reasons to Eat Local!

Local Retail Efforts

Live54218 has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and UW-Extension Brown County FoodWIse on the Healthy Corner Store Project. The goal of this work is to offer more fruit and vegetable options at convenient stores and gas stations and to better market these options. One way to achieve this is through a marketing campaign called, FNV, from the Partnership for a Healthier America. The campaign features social media, digital ads, bus ads and billboards as tools for marketing fruits and vegetables. Below is one example of the marketing pieces. If you see one, be sure to snap a photo and post it to social media using #FNVinWI.


There are 10 businesses participating in the FNV campaign throughout Greater Green Bay.

  • Sunoco on Mather Street
  • Festival Foods (Green Bay East, Green Bay West, Green Bay North, De Pere, Suamico)
  • Pick-n-Save on Main Street
  • Save-a-Lot on Dousman Street
  • University Avenue Market on University Avenue
  • Woodman's on Duck Creek Parkway


SLO Farmers Co-op

The SLO Farmers Co-op is a group of Northeast Wisconsin farmers working together to aggregate and market their Sustainable, Local, Organic food to schools, hospitals, consumer cooperatives, and other institutional and wholesale markets. By providing member-services that create business synergies and efficiencies, the SLO Farmers Co-op increases the capacity of its members while ensuring they receive a fair return for their products.

Live54218 collaborates with the SLO Farmers Co-op to grow consumer demand for quality food and re-establish that local food supply chain. Join the SLO Farmers Co-op in building a healthier regional food system!

For more information on the SLO Farmers Co-op:
- Email info@slofarmersco-op.com
- Visit www.slofarmersco-op.com
- 'Like' SLO Farmers Co-op on Facebook

Farm Link

What is a food hub?

A food hub is a centrally located organization with a business management structure that facilitates aggregation, storing, processing, distribution, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products. Food hubs provide wider access to institutional and retail markets for small to mid-sized farmers and increased access of fresh, healthy food for consumers.

Farm Link, previously known as the Northeast Wisconsin Food Hub, was developed through a partnership between Live54218, Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin and re:TH!NK Winnebago County. Farm Link is operated by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. This virtual marketplace connects local producers with wholesale buyers like restaurants, schools, hospitals and other institutions. By automating the financial and administrative aspects of local food transactions, Farm Link allows buyers and sellers of local food to build relationships beyond a purely logistical nature.

For more information on Farm Link, please visit: https://greenbay.localorbit.com/users/sign_in


Resources

Want to learn more about how YOU can buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and support a healthy local food system?

  1. Join a CSA - CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share" of vegetables from a regional farmer. Search for farms in our area that offer CSA shares.
  2. Shop a local farmers' market - Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best! You can meet, talk to, and buy directly from your farmer at a farmers' market. View a complete listing of area farmers' markets here.