Are you looking for new markets for your organic fruit and veggies?


Michael Chesley, Senior Produce Merchandiser from Sysco, food services
of Detroit, is trying a new food purchasing program where organic
growers sell to a corporate farmer who will sell to Sysco. They are
interested in smaller quantities (single cases or even packets of
specialty produce).  

Sysco will provide a list of produce created by participating organic
farmers to restaurant chefs throughout Michigan. The chefs will pick
what they want to order and Sysco will contact the farmers for the
produce based on the list.

Sysco will not pick-up individual deliveries but pickup can be arranged
at central points throughout Michigan. As they pick up larger amounts of
produce from near-by farms they will pick up a group of farmers' produce
from a central point (near the group of farms).

Payment will be made by the corporate farmer (aka broker). Michael
indicated that they are willing to accept any price, as he put it,
"price is not an issue"!

If you are interested in participating in this market opportunity please
email or call Vicki Morrone. I am interested in this opportunity for
YOU. I am not the broker, just the person to compile the initial list
for Sysco. I told Sysco I would not give out any farmer's info until a
farmer indicated their interest.

Please send me the following info if you want me to share it with Sysco.
There is no commitment to putting your info on the list. As anyone knows
mother nature is not 100% predictable.

Where you are located, contact #, what products you have to offer, when
they will be available (apx). what volume you anticipate to have to

Hope this may be helpful.


Vicki Morrone



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resrouces Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)


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