Upper Valley
Local Food Matchmaker

The Matchmaker was held Tuesday, November 19, 9 am- 1 pm
in Hartford, Vermont
Scroll down for Attendee resources.

A business-to-business event for farms and local business owners.
Matchmaker registration closed on November 3.
Questions? Contact Becka Warren, becka[at]vitalcommunities.org, 802-291-9100 x112.


Farms looking to increase high-quality wholesale accounts. Farms must operate within the Vital Communities service area.

Food-based businesses looking to increase or diversify local food sourcing and build new sales relationships with local farms that share your values and your customers’ values. Grocers, co-ops, institutions, specialty food producers, distributors, and more are encouraged to attend. Non-Farm businesses do not need to operate within the Vital Communities service area in order to attend the event.


The event includes speakers, formal matchmaking, and open networking time.  Attendees will build sales relationships, make professional connections, meet service providers, learn, and enjoy coffee, tea, and lunch.

Are you a farmer new to wholesale? Are you a business new to working with small farms? Not sure how to prepare for a matchmaking event? All attendees will be connected to assistance and resources pre-event and post-event.

Local Resources for Wholesale Farmers and Buyers

The Retail Training Collection

Resources developed by the Vermont Farm to Plate Network to complement its statewide in-store retail trainings, including the Take 5 video series along with written resources designed to help retailers more effectively source and merchandise local food.

Working with Food Hubs & Distributors

Resources for evaluating distribution options for your food business (housed at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture). Click here to see the resources.

The Local Food Wholesale Market Assessment (CLICK HERE), produced by NOFA-VT in collaboration with the Farm to Plate Network, documents wholesale trends, and practices and expectations when operating within wholesale. Tips for suppliers are italicized throughout the report.