As of August 2016 Peddler's Son is excited to announce the creation of our interpretation of an Arizona Food Hub! The demand for locally grown food is growing every year and is significantly out pacing the availability in this market. With the implementation of this innovative new program we are placing ourselves at the forefront of a movement that is here to stay. Our model will help small farmers bring their local products to an ever expanding market with significantly less risk and increased profits, by removing the burden of crop planning, marketing and transportation. We will be able to expand their reach, reduce their cost, create new jobs and increase the availability of healthy locally grown food throughout the state.
BENEFITS of Local Food Hub:
Supporting local/regional food systems helps support local, sustainably run farms, can help protect our health and the health of our communities, and helps stimulate local economies. Here are some of the reasons why we think our local food hub is so important:
Unlike large industrial farms, small family farms are more likely to spend their dollars in the community, in addition, food grown locally, processed locally, and distributed locally (for example, to local restaurants) generates jobs and subsequently helps stimulate local economies.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says that "food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." Our Local food hubs may help improve food security by making local, fresh food available to populations with limited access to healthful food.
Our Local food hub will rely upon a network of small, sustainably run, family farms (rather than large industrially run farms) as the source of our products. Industrial farming negatively impacts the environment in myriad ways (e.g., by polluting the air, surface water, and groundwater, over-consuming fossil fuel and water resources, degrading soil quality, inducing erosion, and accelerating the loss of biodiversity). Industrial agriculture also adversely affects the health of farm workers, degrades the socioeconomic fabric of surrounding communities, and impairs the health and quality of life of community residents. In addition, although the concept of "food miles" (i.e., the number of miles a food item travels from farm to consumer) has been criticized as an unreliable indicator of the environmental impact of industrially produced food, it should be noted that conventional food is estimated to typically travel between 1,500 and 3,000 miles to reach the consumer and usually requires additional packaging and refrigeration. Our small-scale, local farms attempt to ameliorate the environmental damage done via industrial farming by focusing on sustainable practices, most are organic the others minimize pesticide use, several are no-till, all are composting, and our fleet will minimize transport to consumers.
high-quality produce, meats, dairy, desserts, spices, specialty items. Local, Organic, nuts, chips, & more!
- Farm to Restaurant
- Order Direct
- Farm to School
- Arizona Department of Health Services Food Safety Certification
- Integrated Pest Management
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