Frequently Asked Questions for Business Listings
Does my business qualify for a free listing?
If your farm is within the towns covered by our map you are welcome to a free listing here.
If your restaurant, grocery, cafe/deli,catering,processing, farmers’ market, distributorship or specialty food production:
- is within the towns covered by our map AND regularly offers local farm products for sale
- OR is a processor located outside the map area, but regularly use agricultural products from farmers within our map area.
(for example, many farmers in our area ship milk to Agri-Mark for use in Cabot products, so Cabot may have a listing, even though Cabot’s offices are outside the area).
Then you are welcome to a free listing here.
What is the Valley Food & Farm Service Area?
The greater upper valley region. See map for towns.
I’m confused and just can’t figure something out. What should I do?
First read the FAQ and see if your question is here. If not, call Nancy with questions at 802-291-9100 ext. 106, or email at Nancy@VitalCommunities.org
What do I do if I have more than one business?
Only fill out more than one listing if you file taxes for more than one business. Two listings would mean you have two business names.
How do I list my Winter Farmers Market?
Do two separate business listings if you have both a summertime farmers market and a winter farmers market. Be sure to check Winter when asked about the season.
What do I do if my product is not in this list?
If your product fits into one of the categories listed, mark “other” for that category (for example, Other Poultry) and in the description field tell us what other poultry you have available. If the product does not fit into any of the categories, simply type the product name into the provided box near the bottom of the page.
When will my updated listing appear in the Guide?
Your listing will appear in the online Valley Food & Farm Guide within days of when you entered it. Our staff will activate these changes as soon as feasible and will notify you by email/mail once the changes are available to view on this website. You will be listed year round on our website and you may update your listing at any time.
Am I a processing facility?
Check Processing Facility if you are an established facility that processes ingredients, grown or raised in VT or NH, in large quantities. (e.g. cheese maker, commercial kitchen, cider press, wine maker)
Can I use the word "organic" to describe my farm?
You can only use “organic” to describe your farm if you have been certified as an organic farm or if you make less than $5000 in gross sales. See http://www.nofavt.org/orgcert.php for a description of VT organic certification and http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm for NH organic certification.
What is an "Food Systems Group"?
This is an organization that does not fall into the categories of farm, farmer’s market, grocer, or restaurant, whose activities are related to agriculture, local foods, or sustainability in the region. Examples would be organizations that run community gardens, provide resources for farmers, participate in food relief activities, deal with political and legal issues related to agriculture and land preservation, and so forth.