Boston Local Food – a program of SBNMass

Leading the Local Food Movement in the Boston Area

SBN Local Food Trade Show

Registration is now open for the 2014 Local Food Trade Show!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Northeastern University

Local Food Buyers and Producers are Invited to Meet and Begin Doing Business.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts  (SBN) is offering its third Local Food Trade Show. The 2014 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.

The event is sponsored by Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown), Boston Organics, Prism Energy Services and Edible Boston Magazine. Our partners for this event are Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm.

Registration for this event has closed.

Click HERE for a list of 2014 Trade Show Exhibitors and Attendees!


Event Itinerary:

  • 7:30am – 9:45am    Set-up for Exhibitors
  • 7:30am –  8:30am   Registration
  • 8:30am – 9:45am    Buyer Seminar
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  Trade Show (Open Floor Trading)
  • 12:15pm – 1:30pm  Producer Seminar
  • The deadline to pre-order lunch for the Trade Show has passed. There is a campus dining facility conveniently located on the first floor of the Curry Student Center if you are interested in purchasing lunch while at the event.

The Seminar Series will offer topics addressing best practices around some of the most pressing barriers to local food sales in Massachusetts as identified at our previous Trade Shows.  While both seminars are open to everyone, the first seminar will mainly be targeted to wholesale buyers, whereas the second seminar will mainly be geared towards producers.

  • The Buyer Seminar will be facilitated by Holly Fowler of Northbound Ventures, LLC. Holly is the Co-founder & CEO of Northbound Ventures, LLC a Somerville, MA-based advisory firm specializing in building sustainable communities and food systems with institutions, organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Buyer Panel:
Gary Weiss, Executive Chef at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Tom Barton, Executive Chef at Northeastern University
Jim Turner, Co-Founder of Turner’s Seafood
Jeff Barry, Founder and President of Boston Organics

  • The Producer Seminar will be facilitated by Kate Petcosky and Eva Agudelo of New Entry Sustainable Farming. New Entry works locally, regionally and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers.

Producer Panel:
Jennifer Hashley, Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming
Ethan Grundberg, Farm Manager at Allandale Farm
JD Kemp, Co-Founder of FoodEx and CropCircle Kitchen
Bill Creelman, Spindrift

The Trade Show portion of the event will allow producers to highlight their products to potential buyers, with a focus on wholesale relationships.

 

Who should attend?
Any wholesale buyers, who are interested in purchasing Massachusetts or New England-produced food items. These buyers can be supermarkets, co-ops, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, food processors in search of ingredients, distributors, or anyone else interested in local purchasing options.
*This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.*

 

Getting There:

The SBN Local Food Trade Show will take place in the Indoor Quad and Ballroom in the Curry Student Center of Northeastern University. The building is  located on the Main Campus here.
Map for Exhibitors
Map for Attendees

Parking:

There are two visitor parking garages on the Northeastern University campus. If you have purchased a discounted parking pass through us, it will ONLY be valid for the Renaissance Garage835 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120

Our Partners and Sponsors

MDAR              NAMA


2014 Trade Show Exhibitors: (as of March 1st)

2014 Trade Show Buyers and Attendees: (as of March 1st)

  • Allandale Farm
  • Allston Village Farmers Market
  • Appleton Farms Dairy Store
  • Aradia Farm, LLC
  • Associated Buyers
  • Bartlett’s Family Garden & Market
  • Basil Tree Catering*
  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Berkshire Natural LLC*
  • Black River Produce
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Market Association
  • Boston University Dining Services
  • C & C Bakers
  • Cape Cod Saltworks Sea Salt*
  • Capitol Food Ventures
  • Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen
  • Center for EcoTechnology
  • Codman Square Farmers Market
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital
  • Copley Square Farmers Market
  • EAF
  • East Boston Farmers Market
  • Eat at Jumbo’s
  • Far From The Tree
  • Flavor First Foods, Inc.
  • FoodEx/CropCircle Kitchen
  • Food For Free
  • Formaggio Kitchen
  • Fresh Meadows Farm
  • Fresh Source Capital, LLC
  • Good Egg Marketing*
  • Gourmet @ Work
  • Gourmet Caterers
  • Gourmet Guru
  • Hackleboro Orchards
  • Haley House*
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Holly Hill Farm
  • How On Earth
  • Hyde Park Main Streets
  • Johnny’s Luncheonette
  • Julia Shanks Food Consulting
  • Just Add Cooking
  • LaddCo Hospitality
  • Ladybug Farms
  • Lettuce Be Local
  • Life Alive
  • Locally*
  • Long Wind Farm
  • Madrugada Farm
  • Mass Farm to School
  • Mass Growth Capital Corporation
  • Mission Hill Farmer’s Market
  • Natural Food Exchange
  • Nectar & Green
  • New Economy Coalition
  • New England Aquarium*
  • North Country Farmers Cooperative, Inc
  • Northbound Ventures, LLC
  • Northeastern University Dining Services
  • Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living
  • Nutrition Food Labels
  • Oceanic Innovation
  • Project Bread
  • Rebecca’s Cafe
  • Red Tomato, Inc.
  • Riverwoods at Exeter
  • Share Harvest LLC
  • Smolak Farms
  • Sodexo @ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Spaulding Nursing & Therapy Center West Roxbury
  • Sustainable Edge
  • Ten Tables Jamaica Plain
  • The Natural Grocer, Inc.
  • The Williams Agency*
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Tropical Foods
  • Undiscovered Kitchen
  • Unidine at Beverly Hospital
  • Vicki Lee’s
  • Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm
  • Volante Farms
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winston Flowers (gift crate department)
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • Yankee Alliance

*Indicates SBN Member