Help Recover $ Owed to FF Vendors

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In lieu of the recent revelations about the debt owed by Fair Food to local producers, we feel that it is on our community as a whole to step up and support the individuals who work so hard to deliver delicious food that nurtures our body and our land.

This is why we are calling on the Philadelphia community to help repay the debts owed by Fair Food to our local producers.

The profit margin in the food industry is incredibly low—especially after a particularly difficult growing season like this year’s—and the producers who bring us the delicious food we rely on are doing it out of passion. To these producers, $4,000 can determine whether or not they make money that month, whether or not they can continue production, whether or not they can pay their bills. Every day, local producers are investing in our food system by figuring out how to make their businesses sustainable. In this time of need, we should be investing in them.

The strength of our local food system exists in the relationships between farmers and consumers. Shoppers care about the farmer and the relationship between the farmer and the food they buy, and farmers care about these connections, too, striving for opportunities to spread awareness about growing practices and the agricultural landscape in their region. Our local producers need us now more than ever to help repair and strengthen those bonds.

We are currently reaching out to local vendors to figure out how many are owed money by Fair Food, but so far, we know the list includes:

Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm 
Mark Lopez of Wholesome Dairy Farms 
Pete Demchur of Shellbark Hollow Farm 
Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm 
Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse Creamery 
Carly & Dave Dougherty of  Food & Ferments 
Garretson Family of  Beechwood Orchards 
H.G. Haskell of SIW Vegetables 
Nolan Thevenet of Stryker Farm 
Joel Spira of  Subarashii Kudamono 
Cherry Grove Farm 
The Common Market 
Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op 
Sollenberger Family of Hidden Hills Dairy 
Melvin Stoltzfus of Roundtop Farm
Experimental Farm Network 
Rob Seufert of Epic Pickles 
Newkirk  Family of Newkirk Honey 
Don & Pam  Gable of Conebella Farm 

We’ll update this page (and the list of affected local growers and artisans) as we gather more information. Since we already have relationships with many of the same vendors that worked with Fair Food, we feel that we are in a unique position to lead this community effort to help repay these debts. In addition, Philly Foodworks will be donating 5% of all of our Thanksgiving week proceeds to this campaign.

Fair Food paved the way for the local food scene to grow in Philadelphia. They are one of the main reasons why Philly Foodworks exists and we are able to do what we do. We’re here to recognize the good they did and try to repay the farmers and artisans that believed in them as well!

*Are you a vendor who is owed money by Fair Food? Contact Anne Steelmen (anne@phillyfoodworks.com) to be included in this campaign.)*
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We're so excited to announce our friends at Vegan Commissary will be donating $2 from every sale of their special Thanksgiving Sandwich ( available November 1 through December 31, 2018). In addition to that, they're going to donate 10% of the net proceeds of their Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Pop-up at Du Jour Cafe the week of November 12. We're so thankful for their support!
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More and more vendors have been responding to the campaign. We've updated the list to be more comprehensive of who is owed money. We're working out hardest to spread the campaign as far as possible to recoup the money owed to these producers.
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