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Why Buy Local

Picture this.

You’re selecting a partner for your college or university. Do you want access to fresh strawberries and tomatoes from a farmer who lives down the road, or would you rather them be shipped across the country in plastic crates? And what about your pre-packaged offerings–Do you want them packed with preservatives from a large-scale distributor or hand-delivered next-day from the trendiest spot in town?

The reasons for buying local may seem obvious, but how to get your campus on the right path —not so much.

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With chefs who care about the quality of food, the economy of the community, and the impact food has on our planet, Harvest Table is on a mission to make local buying as easy as possible.

How We Make Buying Local Easy

  • Our chefs become an extension of your team to better understand your goals and aspirations when it comes to buying local.
  • Then, our team leverages any existing partnerships or they’ll start hunting for new farms or businesses nearby that can (or could) get the ingredients and products you’re looking for.
  • Working with high volumes and experienced Harvest Team members, we work directly with farmers and businesses to plan harvests and distribution operations in a way that equally benefits everyone involved.
  • We’ll make sure any new local partners help you cut down on shipping, storing, and packaging waste, so you can feel good about helping our planet thrive.
  • Once a new partner is made, our team involves students. We ask questions, listen to their thoughts and ideas, and adjust accordingly. After all, their satisfaction is our priority.
  • We don’t stop after the kitchen is stocked and students are full–Our chefs keep a close eye on what’s coming in and what’s being used to help reduce waste. We can even set up efforts with the campus and/or students to make sure any leftovers get to those who need them most.
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If you’re looking to buy local, we’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure it’s done in a way that satisfies your campus community and strengthens the small farms and businesses in your area.

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