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(MassLive)   Restaurants catering to locavores learn why normal businesses buy from distributors instead of farmers   (masslive.com) divider line 20
    More: Obvious, distributors, businesses, catering, logistics, geographic areas, farmers, market area  
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4429 clicks; posted to Business » on 26 Apr 2014 at 1:58 PM (25 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-26 01:45:14 PM  
so you need a local distributor for locally sourced food?
DUH

oh wait, subby uses obvious tad
AWESOME
 
2014-04-26 02:07:37 PM  
If only farmers could gather somewhere to sell their goods.  Perhaps we could call it a "farmer's market".

Revolutionary idea!  Jeeves, get my patent attorney on line 1!
 
2014-04-26 02:16:07 PM  
Money.
 
2014-04-26 02:19:52 PM  
"...precious management time and talent..."

Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.
 
2014-04-26 02:27:18 PM  

SomeoneDumb: "...precious management time and talent..."

Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.


Right? 'Somebody had to close their Facebook page for 10 minutes.
 
2014-04-26 02:27:27 PM  

SomeoneDumb: "...precious management time and talent..."

Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.


I chuckled when I read that.
 
2014-04-26 02:43:20 PM  

Mazzic518: SomeoneDumb: "...precious management time and talent..."

Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.

I chuckled when I read that.


I closed the tab after that, never got to find out if the author wrote that with a straight face or not.
 
2014-04-26 02:55:20 PM  
SomeoneDumb:
"...precious management time and talent..."
Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.


When you're running a restaurant, most of the actual work is in things like dealing with suppliers - and their paperwork. Having one guy with a big truck come in once a day or once a week is a helluva lot easier than having twenty guys come in at various times, each bringing in a small amount of stuff.

We've got a whole generation of organic and local farmers who are having to learn logistics from scratch, and some times, it's not pretty. Especially when things go wrong. If a big distributor has a truck break down, they can usually send out another one and crossload the day's deliveries in a short time. When a small farmer has a truck break down, you might not get your salads for two or three days...

So to replace the big distributors? They're... becoming big distributors.
 
2014-04-26 03:04:08 PM  
i'd think the bigger issue in MA is maintaining a successful restaurant based on a menu of cabbage, hard potatoes and stale bread for 7 months of the year
 
2014-04-26 05:07:55 PM  
So if a food hub ships their excess food way over that-a-way; is it local sourced still? Or just recreating current big food supply chain methods?
 
2014-04-26 07:33:20 PM  
How the hell am I supposed to sell 300 million pounds of beans in a "local" market?

We originate beans in 8 states across the country, and export to 19 countries, and still have carryover inventory.

Chipotle wants you to think their beans are sourced locally, but they are full of shiate. They MIGHT come from the same state, but if so, it's only a small percentage of what they have in the store to be cooked.

/Sorry. Bean rant.
//It's seed season.
///Harvest is coming.
 
2014-04-26 07:35:44 PM  

dchurch0: How the hell am I supposed to sell 300 million pounds of beans in a "local" market?

We originate beans in 8 states across the country, and export to 19 countries, and still have carryover inventory.

Chipotle wants you to think their beans are sourced locally, but they are full of shiate. They MIGHT come from the same state, but if so, it's only a small percentage of what they have in the store to be cooked.

/Sorry. Bean rant.
//It's seed season.
///Harvest is coming.


And of course I DNRTFA.
 
2014-04-26 09:40:06 PM  
Middlemen exist for a reason.
 
2014-04-26 10:31:29 PM  
How do I bsns?
 
2014-04-26 10:39:36 PM  
I've been assured by the Fark geniuses that middle-men do nothing more than gouge the consumer and serve no useful purpose.
 
2014-04-26 11:21:54 PM  
Meh. You say locavore, I say douche punch you in the nuts.
 
2014-04-27 05:24:59 AM  

DrPainMD: I've been assured by the Fark geniuses that middle-men do nothing more than gouge the consumer and serve no useful purpose.


If your middle man is also your delivery man then yes he serves a useful purpose.
 
2014-04-27 07:40:48 AM  

dchurch0: /Sorry. Bean rant.
//It's seed season.
///Harvest is coming


Any thoughts on winter?
 
2014-04-27 08:59:20 AM  

wingnut396: dchurch0: /Sorry. Bean rant.
//It's seed season.
///Harvest is coming

Any thoughts on winter?


It'll be short, drunk, and very horny
 
2014-04-27 06:45:58 PM  

SomeoneDumb: "...precious management time and talent..."

Sorry. Had to stop reading right there.


Restaurants that use locally-grown produce tend to be high-end with high-priced talent.  The statement in TFA might be true.
 
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