Local growers, processors and buyers in the Smith Falls region will be pleased to learn that the Two Rivers Food Hub (TRFH), will soon be open for business!
At a general meeting on Monday, September 22nd, the TRFH set a target date of November 1st for the opening of the commercial kitchen component of the food hub, moving them one step closer to a fully operational food hub servicing the Lanark Leeds Grenville regions.
What’s a hub you ask? Well, it’s a centrally located facility dedicated to coordinating the collection and distribution of locally grown foods to the benefit of both growers and purchasers. One of the main purposes of a food hub is to help recreate the local food infrastructure that has been lost over the past several decades.
The TRFH, operating under the umbrella of the Rideau Community Health Services, has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The opening of the commercial kitchen component marks the first step towards becoming one of the first local food hubs in Eastern Ontario.
?This will be the first of many significant steps forward for the food hub,? Ray Elgersma, TRFH Acting Chair, explained, ?With this first crucial piece of the puzzle completed, we can really begin to move closer to bringing local foods to the community.?
In addition to a commercial kitchen facility, they’l also act as a depot and pick up location for restaurants and retail outlets interested in including local foods in their products list.
The incubator kitchen planned for the TRFH will offer assistance to early stage, small scale, food production businesses by reducing the stress of meeting food safety regulations and the high cost of commercial kitchen equipment.