Join us and make it easier to buy and sell local food in our community! Together we can build healthier families, thriving farms, and connected communities.
Who We Are & What We Do
Food Connects is an entrepreneurial non-profit on a mission to create healthy families, thriving farms, and connected communities. We partner with local farmers and food producers throughout the Monadnock Region like Frisky Cow Gelato, Echo Farm Puddings, and Picadilly Farm. We help them share their bounty with schools, grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants, and other businesses across the region.
Our work creates a vibrant food economy with a vision to make local food accessible to all community members. To achieve this goal, farmers need access to larger markets, allowing them to scale up production and increase their revenue. So, all farmers need to do is start selling their product to larger customers, right?
Well, it’s not that simple.
What We’ve Learned
Over the past 10 years, we have learned that growing markets isn’t easy for local farmers and producers. Many large-scale, wholesale customers in our community—like Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University—only purchase from a limited number of approved vendors; they simply can’t buy directly from small farms and food businesses. It is difficult, if not impossible, to become an approved vendor for small-scale, family-owned operations.
Growing Local Food Markets
We are working to solve this problem by becoming an approved vendor for larger customers, allowing schools, grocery stores, hospitals, and restaurants to easily purchase from over 70 local farms and producers that sell through Food Connects.
Donate now to help our local food economy grow. And please share this with five of your friends who love local food!
Every dollar from this campaign goes towards our work to become an approved vendor, including developing formal food safety procedures and purchasing the supplies necessary to obtaining our third-party food safety certification. This will allow local food producers to grow in new ways. Their products will be widely distributed and consumed by community members across the region, allowing their businesses to thrive due to increasing sales, and reinvesting those dollars back into our local economy.
This is the start of something huge for our region. When we sell to wholesale customers in our community, more people have access to local food. This funding will enable us to become an approved vendor, overcoming the barriers farmers and producers face when entering larger wholesale markets, and ultimately, growing our local food economy.
Join us and make it easier to buy and sell local food in our community.
MamaSezz Fleece Hat
Sport gear from local businesses! This MamaSezz fleece hat is warm and cozy!
Bulldog Design T-Shirt
This reward is all bark and no bite! Get one of the super popular Bulldog Tees from Bulldog Design. Pick out your own style and size at the store in downtown Keene.
Frisky Cow Gelato T-Shirt
Get frisky with this official Frisky Cow Gelato apparel. Chose between grey, orange, or teal blue. Available sizes: S, M, L, & XL.
Food Connects SWAG Bag
Show your love for Food Connects with our SWAG bag. Includes 1 reusable organic cotton tote bag, 2 bumper stickers, and 2 50-sheet sticky notes made with recycled paper.
Badger Balm Basic Balms Kit
Treat yourself with this Badger Balm Basic Balms Kit. These locally made balms are Certified USDA Organic, cruelty free, gluten free, and non GMO.
Individual products in kit TBD. Value = $25
Badger Balm Sun & Bug Kit
Summer will be upon us faster than you think! Be prepared for the sun and bugs with this Sun & Bug Kit from Badger Balm.
Brewbakers Gift Certificate
Do you love locally roasted coffee? Then you'll certainly enjoy this gift certificate to Brewbakers in downtown Keene, NH. From fresh brewed coffee to frozen beverages to delicious espresso, Brewbakers has something for everyone!
Locally Made Maple Syrup
Delicious maple syrup made by Sprague & Son Sugarhouse in Jacksonville, VT. Quantity = 1 quart
Jack's Cracker Gift Basket
This gift will make any cat lover purr with delight. Cracker fans might also, because they are cool like that. The package includes an awesome Jack’s Crackers Tote bag; with their founder’s mug all over the bag. Because one mug is never enough (pardon the pun), they include a coffee cup with the Jack’s Crackers logo and Their mission statement. Last, but not least, a bakers choice of two bags of Jack’s Crackers. Retail value is $52.00
Orchard Hill Breadworks Bread Bucks
Who doesn't love delicious, locally made breads? Receive 6 Orchard Hill Breadworks Bread Bucks, each redeemable for 1 FREE loaf of bread at their location in Alstead, NH. That's 6 loaves of delicious bread!
Frisky Cow Gelato Gelato 6 Packs
Six pints of delicious locally made gelato can be yours! Mix and match your favorite gelato—choose between: Sweet Maple Cream, Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffeehouse Chip, Vanilla Stracciatella, Sea Salted Caramel, & Mint Owl Crunch.
Food Connects Charcuterie Platter
Impress your dinner guests with this local food platter. Includes 3 5 oz Vermont Salumi salami sticks, 2 half pound wedges of Jasper Hill cheese, 1 load of Orchard Hill Breadworks bread, 1 16 oz jar of kraut or kimchi from Hosta Hill, 1 pound of cheese from Bousquet Smokehouse, 1 8.4 oz bottle of Organic Balsamic-Style Apple Cider Vinegar from Side Hill Cider Mill, and 1 4 oz bag of crackers from Red Barn Lavash. Also includes 2 Food Connects bumper stickers!
1 Month Membership to the Hive: Coworking Space
The Hive, at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, is an affordable, creative co-working space available in downtown Keene, NH. Receive 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday access for one month!
Value = $100
Bromley Mountain Adventure Park Passes
Want a day full of excitement? Then head on up to Bromley Mountain with these 2 Adventure Park Passes! Each pass is valid for one All Day Mountain Adventure Pass through 10/15/2020. Does not include the Sun Mountain Flyer or the Ariel Park. $49 value each per 2019 rates.
Food Connects Breakfast Basket
Celebrate local food with this local breakfast basket. Included are 2 16 oz bags of Terra Nova coffee, 1 3 oz tin of Free Verse Farm tea, 1 17 oz bottle of Old Friends Farm ginger honey, 2 12 oz bags of True North Granola granola, and 12 5.3 oz containers of Green Mountain Creamery Greek yogurt. Plus 2 Food Connects bumper stickers!
MamaSezz Veggie Entree Bundle
Want to eat a plant-based diet but not sure where to start? Make going vegan easy with the Get Me Started Bundle. No cooking required—just heat and eat.
Includes: Meal plan with (optional) suggestions for how to serve your food, easy heat and eat instructions, and 8 delicious ready-made whole food plant-based dishes:
Millie's Chili, Mama's Burgers, Lazy Lasagna, Moroccan Stew, Quinoa Stack, Gardener's Pie, Breakfast Sausage, and Granola.
Value = $169
Maple Event Package
Make you next event a maple event! Get your maple goodies here for your next big event. Choose 150 pieces of either 1.7oz syrup, 3 pcs box candy, or Chocolate Bark. Event cannot be during sugaring season (Feb-Mar) and final date to be coordinated by donors.
Welcome from Food Connects!
Thanks for learning more about our Growing Local Food Markets in the Monadnock Region campaign. We are so excited to be live and cannot wait to see all the community support!
Today our Food Hub Manager, Julicia Myers, and Marketing Manager, Laura Carbonneau, joined Chef Luca Paris and Dan Mitchell on WKBK to talk about what we do and our campaign. Stream the show online now!
We are so grateful to our reward sponsors, Frisky Cow Gelato and Sprague & Son Sugarhouse, for offering great rewards to our campaign supporters. Be on the look out for more rewards coming your way.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that the Monadnock Food Co-op chose us to be the recipients of the month-long Round Up campaign for March. Ask the cashiers to Round Up your change at the register to support this campaign.
Round Up Your Change in March!
Last night we unlocked our first milestone in our Growing Local Food Markets in the Monadnock Region campaign—$500! Thank you to our earliest supporters. We are excited to announce some new rewards including shirts from Bulldog Design, products from Jack’s Crackers, and a co-working memberships to The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. Check out these great new rewards and please be sure to share this campaign with your friends, families, neighbors, and coworkers. Tell them how they can help local farms grow and these amazing rewards!
If you live in the Keene, NH area or are just planning a visit, be sure to stop by the Monadnock Food Co-op. During the entire month of March you can ask you round up your change at the register to the nearest dollar. All the round up funds for the month will be dedicated to this campaign! It is an easy way to support local farms and a local store. And be sure to spread the words to your friends in the Keene community.
Have questions about how you can be involved in this campaign? Let us know!
We're Growing and Growing!
Our campaign continues to grow! We are so grateful to all of our 26 donor for getting to almost 20% of our total goal! As always, please be sure to donate to this campaign if you have not already and share it with anyone you know who loves local food!
On Tuesday, we hosted our 2020 Local Food Trade Show. 30 local food producers and farmers joined us at the beautiful Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH to spend the afternoon promoting amazing and delicious local foods to over 50 wholesale customers in the region. Our Local Food Trade Show is one of the many ways we aim to grow local food markets.
Didn’t get to attend the event? Check out pictures on Facebook. But fair warning, some will make your mouth water!
And we're live!
Our campaign is officially launched to the public! We are so excited to share this work with our community.
We want to send a HUGE thank you to all of our donors to getting us to over 38% of the way to our goal. We are thrilled to announce that that first week of our Round Up at the Monadnock Food Co-op raised over $1,500! We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Your support for local food will help farmers grow their markets and improve our local food economy. We know with your help we will be able to reach our goal of $10,000!
We just added Adventure Park Passes from Bromley Mountian to our rewards list. Be on the look out for more rewards in the next week.
And as always, please share this campaign with your networks. We challenge you to share this campaign with 5 friends, family members, or co-workers this week!
We're Stronger Together!
We know that these are trying times for our community. Local businesses and food producers are struggling with the loss of sales. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we support and grow local food infrastructure. Resilient local food economies can weather the storm.
In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, we wanted to share with you what Food Connects continues to do to keep our communities safe, support local food producers, and feed our neighbors. Our Food Hub is working diligently to modify and reduce our direct contact with customers and producers, limiting the amount of exposure we have with individuals to ensure the safety of our staff, customers, producers, and the food we provide—while still getting food to grocery stores and school meal programs providing breakfast and lunch to hungry students. Our larger Food Connects team is telecommuting and working with local and statewide partners to respond to the needs of our community and provide vital resources and assistance.
We want to thank those who have supported our campaign to get us to over 40% of our goal. We ask that you continue to share and support this campaign to help us achieve our goals of healthy families, thriving farms, and connects communities.
In the meantime, we ask that you continue to be a champion for local food. Ordering takeout or delivery from local restaurants helps them stay in business. Purchasing locally-grown produce at your neighboring co-op ensures that farms in our region can still thrive. Donating to food banks, school meal programs, and other meal delivery service non-profits guarantees our neighbors are not hungry.
Frisky Cow Support Food Connects!
Wow! We hit 75% of our goal this week! Thank you so much to all of our donors and reward sponsors for making this possible. Please continue to share this campaign and if you haven’t donated yet, there is still time!
Amid the growing national concerns around COVID-19, we are seeing strong response to support our local businesses and food producers. Our campaign is one of the many ways that you can ensure that we strengthen our local food economy. Resiliency is created by working together.
Knowing this, we wanted to take a step back and share with you a story from one of our producers. Linda Rubin, owner of Frisky Cow Gelato, wants to grow her local business. Hear from Linda, how our Growing Local Food Markets in the Monadnock Region campaign will help her reach her goals.
Matching Challenge in Place!
Can you believe it? We are already at 81% of our goal! We are closing in fast on $10,000 and still have until April 18. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who have supported our campaign so far. Our staff is working incredibly hard right now to keep our community feed and we are humbled by your generosity and support for the local food economy. Check out how packed our cooler was this week with local food!
We are excited to announce a matching challenge, now active on our campaign site! The Monadnock Food Co-op will match each donation to the Food Connects crowdfunding campaign dollar for dollar up to $500. We are so grateful for the co-op and everything they continue to do to make this campaign a huge success and provide healthy food options for our community.
Can we match all $500 this weekend? Share this with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to unlock this next goal.
Shop for a cause!
First of all… WOW and thank you! We knocked our $500 matching challenge from the Monadnock Food Co-op out of the park. This incredible out pouring of support got us to 92% of our goal today, with just about 1 week left. We are already putting these funds to good use. We have new shelving up in our cooler to help accommodate the large influx of local food we are delivering and our Integrated Pest Management program is set up and in full gear.
We also have some exciting new from our friends at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace. Their online market is now open and from April 9-15 they will donate 20% of their sales to our campaign. Hannah Grimes features locally produced gift and food, great to share with friends and family. They are currently doing curbside pickups in Keene, NH, so place your order today! And a huge thank you to their amazing staff!
We did it!
We did it!
Yesterday we hit $10,00 and we couldn’t have done it without you. We are so grateful to our community supporters and reward sponsors for helping us get this far. We will start using these funds to help us improve our food safety infrastructure. We’re already seeing record sales this month and are confident that our markets will continue to grow thanks to this campaign.
Haven’t gotten a chance to participate yet? There’s still time to donate! Help us unlock our stretch goals to obtain stainless tables for a portable pallet jack. Or claim some of the AMAZING rewards still available on our page.
Lastly, a huge thank you to the Hannah Grimes Marketplace for donating 20% of their sales to us last week, totaling over $130!
One Month Later...
Wow! Can you believe it’s been one month since we completed our campaign? We can’t!
We are so grateful for each and everyone of you for supporting local food systems in our region. We are moved by the tenacity of our communities and how individuals are banding together to continue to shop locally. COVID-19 has shaken us to the core and is proving that resilient local food economies can feed our friends, families, and neighbors.
We’ve been quite busy during this time. We’ve launched a Curbside Pickup program for households, hired a new Sales Associate, partnered with local organizations to feed families, and saw a 263% increase, year over year, in sales for the month of April.
|Lenore Penniman||, DE||April 21, 2020|
|Gurudharm Khalsa||West Dummerston, VT||April 21, 2020|
|Diane Sontum||Laramie, WY||April 18, 2020|
|Jennifer Silver||Saxtons River, VT||April 17, 2020|
|Hannah Grimes||Keene, NH||April 16, 2020|
|ARLENE HANSON||Brattleboro, VT||April 15, 2020|
|Tracey John||Brattleboro, VT||April 15, 2020|
|Mary Ann Kristiansen||Roxbury, NH||April 15, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro, VT||April 15, 2020|
|Kevin Dremel||Keene, NH||April 15, 2020|
|Susan Hayes||Delray Beach, FL||April 15, 2020|
|Laura Carbonneau||Keene, NH||April 15, 2020|
|Andrew Grimaldi||Keene, NH||April 15, 2020|
|Andrew Grimaldi||Keene, NH||April 15, 2020|
|Russ Lazarek||Westminster, VT||April 15, 2020|
|Tracy Clark||Keene, NH||April 14, 2020|
|Jane Dewey||Brattleboro , VT||April 14, 2020|
|Anonymous||Peterborough , NH||April 13, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro , VT||April 10, 2020|
|Neal Hayes||Burlington, VT||April 10, 2020|
|Jerusa McCullock||Bellows Falls, VT||April 09, 2020|
|julie davenson||Nelson, NH||April 07, 2020|
|Roe-Ann Tasoulas||Keene, NH||April 07, 2020|
|Grateful Day Homestead||, NH||April 06, 2020|
|Katherine Keefe||Windham , ME||April 05, 2020|
|Jeffrey Pedersen||Candia, NH||April 04, 2020|
|Melissa Stephenson||Peterborough, NH||April 04, 2020|
|Anonymous||,||April 04, 2020|
|eileen sweeney||Boca Raton, FL||April 04, 2020|
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|Julia Fermoile||, DE||April 04, 2020|
|Anonymous||,||April 04, 2020|
|Marcia Kayser||Keene, NH||April 04, 2020|
|Elisa Daus||, VT||April 04, 2020|
|Scott Berzofsky||, VT||April 03, 2020|
|Anonymous||,||April 03, 2020|
|Jeff and Linda Rubin||Keene, NH||April 03, 2020|
|Jennifer Risley||Keene, NH||April 02, 2020|
|Lori Schreier||, NH||April 01, 2020|
|Mark Boomgarden||Keene, NH||March 31, 2020|
|Richard Grimaldi||Bayville, NJ||March 25, 2020|
|Rowland Russell||Keene, NH||March 25, 2020|
|Allyson Wendt||, VT||March 25, 2020|
|Marty Hennum||, NH||March 24, 2020|
|Kevin Brennan||Westminster West, VT||March 24, 2020|
|ARLENE HANSON||Brattleboro, VT||March 24, 2020|
|ARLENE HANSON||Brattleboro, VT||March 21, 2020|
|Richard Berkfield||Putney, VT||March 21, 2020|
|Ken Brautigam||, VT||March 20, 2020|
|Suzanne Butcher||Keene, NH||March 17, 2020|
|Jennifer Risley||Keene, NH||March 15, 2020|
|Jennifer Risley||Keene, NH||March 14, 2020|
|Andrew Grimaldi||Keene, NH||March 14, 2020|
|Sara Carbonneau||West Swanzey, NH||March 13, 2020|
|Lisa Sieverts||Harrisville, NH||March 13, 2020|
|Carolyn Sweet||Keene, NH||March 13, 2020|
|Caroll Carbonneau||Milford, NH||March 13, 2020|
|Monadnock Food Co-op Customers March Round It Up Donation Drive||, NH||March 12, 2020|
|Nathanael Matthiesen||, VT||March 11, 2020|
|Megan Floyd||Broadalbin, NY||March 11, 2020|
|Jane Dewey||Brattleboro, VT||March 10, 2020|
|Alex McCullough||, VT||March 09, 2020|
|Karen Sprague||, VT||March 09, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro, VT||March 09, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro, VT||March 07, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro, VT||March 07, 2020|
|Arc Mechanical||, NH||March 07, 2020|
|Nancy LaRowe||Norwich, VT||March 06, 2020|
|Molly Clark||Providence, RI||March 05, 2020|
|Sheila Humphreys||Brattleboro, VT||March 03, 2020|
|kevin stine||east dover, VT||March 03, 2020|
|Jennifer Wooster||WINCHESTER, NH||February 28, 2020|
|Jeff Burt||Franconia, NH||February 28, 2020|
|Conor Floyd||Brattleboro, VT||February 27, 2020|
|Jeff and Judy Hamm||, CT||February 25, 2020|
|Anonymous||Brattleboro, VT||February 25, 2020|
|Deborah Fisher||Wales, MA||February 25, 2020|
|McKenna Hayes||Putney, VT||February 24, 2020|
|Andrew Renouf||Arcata, CA||February 24, 2020|
|cathy HILL||palos verdes estates, CA||February 24, 2020|
|Michael Foster||Bellows Falls, VT||February 24, 2020|
|Chris Renouf||Burlington, VT||February 23, 2020|
|ARLELNE HANSON||Brattleboro, VT||February 22, 2020|
|Deanna Zilske||KEENE, NH||February 22, 2020|
|Jordan Renouf||NYC, NY||February 21, 2020|
|Colleen Manzi||Troy, NH||February 21, 2020|
|Ellen Pratt||Putney, VT||February 21, 2020|
|Eve McDermott||Putney, VT||February 21, 2020|
|Anonymous||Ogden, UT||February 21, 2020|
|Paul Renouf||Putney, VT||February 20, 2020|
|Elizabeth Gentile||Brattleboro, VT||February 20, 2020|
|Laura Carbonneau||Keene, NH||February 20, 2020|