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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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An online community of farmers in the Rutland region hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Vermont Fresh Network Product Feedback Program!


Check out this new program Vermont Fresh Network is launching - a pre-market product feedback program. A panel of VFN culinary professionals is available to provide product evaluations for Vermont farmers and producers.

The panel will offer advice to participants on a variety of attributes, including, but not limited to: suggested product uses, packaging, delivery, quality expectations, quantity requirements, and marketplace response to the proposed price point. Following product evaluation by the panel, producers will be provided with a report containing panel members' feedback. These evaluations may be incorporated into marketing plans and/or inform product modifications.

This program is intended for Vermont farm product development - including conventional and/or organic produce (raw product or lightly processed), dairy, meat (raw product or processed) and specialty food products. Currently, the program is open to all Vermont food producers and growers, and is available to qualified candidates free of charge.

This is an excellent opportunity to present your value added Vermont agricultural product for feedback from a panel of culinary experts.

Culinary Advisory Panel Members:

  • Aaron Josinsky,
  • Chef Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, Fletcher Allen Healthcare
  • Gregory Labarthe, Owner, Bon Temps Gourmet
  • Molly Stevens, Chef and Cookbook Author
  • Maura O'Sullivan, Chef, Penny Cluse Café
  • Nina Lesser-Goldsmith, Learning Center Director, Healthy Living Natural Foods
  • Sean Buchanan, Chef, Sales Representative, Black River Produce
  • Tom Bivins, Executive Chef, New England Culinary Institute
  • Jeff Egan, Kitchen Manager, Hunger Mountain Coop

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Information about the program is available on our website http://www.vermontfresh.net/culinaryadvisoryprogram/ or by contacting alanna@vermontfresh.net.

The application can be filled out online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFNProductAdvisoryApplication. This project is made possible by the generous support of the Vermont Agriculture Innovation Center and the John Merck Fund.

Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director Vermont Fresh Network 802.434.2000