Category: Food4Thought

Food4All receives funding to build next generation Virtual Wholesale Food Hub

Company wins highly competitive grant   Bend, Oregon.  Food4All Incorporated today announced it has received $100,000 in grant funding under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  The SBIR program is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The grant will fund a pilot project aimed at developing technology for small… Read more →

How Food4All is helping Farmers Markets

Updated March 15, 2021:  Please learn about our single shopping cart solution for Marketplaces available in April 2021.  We’ve taken the best elements of easy set up, managing payment flows and enabling producers to easily sell through multiple channels and added a single shopping cart solution for marketplace customers. Below is our 2020 post describing our short term response to… Read more →

2020 Social Media Update

We’ve written before about the importance of social media in your farm or small batch food business’s marketing strategy.  As with all things technology, shifts are taking place in the social media landscape.  Consumer behavior is changing.  Application popularity is shifting. We thought an update was in order. Social media remains relevant in most people’s lives.  In 2019 79% of… Read more →

Ready for planting? Consider these 2020 food trends first.

As the planning season gets underway, you might want to take into consideration these food trends for the 2020 season.  Whether you are selling direct online, at a farmers market and/or through CSA’s, these offerings are certain to delight your customers. 1. Ube This purple yam originally from the Philippians is named as one of the top food trends for… Read more →

Reach more customers through delivery without breaking the bank

The trend toward local food delivery is undeniable.  UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub, are a few of the businesses offering consumers the ability to order online and have meals delivered to their door.  The same is happening with groceries.  Amazon and Instacart offers same day delivery in some locations, and recently Uber announced its plan to trial grocery delivery. But no… Read more →

local farmer standing above pile of radishes for sale

3 ideas to help small farms sell their harvest

With the focus of your time going to harvest and sales, here are 3 ideas to help efficiently and successfully sell what you harvest. Have a presence online. Most people have a smart phone seemingly attached to their body.  Research shows food producers who have an online presence are more likely to grow their business.  Not only do potential customer… Read more →

4 Steps to increasing small farm profitability

4 steps to increasing your small farm’s bottom line

Squeeze the most out of your small farm output while increasing the bottom line.  These 4 steps will help your small farm increase profitability enabling you to stay in business for the long run. 1 – Fill holes in your customers’ grocery list if you offer a CSA. Give your CSA customers an easy way to add items onto their… Read more →

selling food at local farmers market

Three Common Misconceptions When Starting A Small Farm

In the enthusiasm to start a farm or food business, you might rush past some stepping stones that can save you time and headache down the road.  Avoiding these common miscalculations will help pave the road to success. #1  Build it and they will come. You’ve worked really hard to plant and harvest.  You have unique varieties and can’t wait… Read more →