The Food enterprise hub
As an extension of the values and vision of the CANAL MARKET DISTRICT, the goal of the Food Enterprise Hub is to strengthen local farms and the local food system by connecting institutions and businesses to a reliable source of local, high-quality produce.
Universities, restaurants, and hospitals usually require large amounts of produce that is often too much for one farm to supply. Due to this, farms can have a hard time breaking in to bigger retail markets. In short, buyers have difficulty finding consistent local suppliers, and growers have difficulty supplying the larger buyers.
This is where the Enterprise Hub comes in. Our purpose is in our ability to help both buyers and growers: We provide quantities and varieties of produce to a buyer that a single farm couldn’t, and we give farmers access to a larger market and the opportunity to expand operations.
The Food Enterprise Hub is essentially a processing center for local produce. There are three steps in the process:
· We minimally process (e.g. wash, cut, and package) the produce
. We sell and distribute it to buyers such as restaurants, hospitals, and
The Hub works as a midpoint between big buyers and farms.
Purchase from the Food Enterprise Hub
To proceed straight to our order form, click below. If you are not yet a registered buyer, please fill out our "Buyer Registration Form" below before filling out your first order.
For more information about the Enterprise Hub, our policies, and our FAQ sheet please see the links below.
If you are a regular business partner with the Food Enterprise Hub, several of our most used forms are linked below for your convenience.
The Food Enterprise Hub has been in development since 2017, and we are currently implementing the pilot project phase of the Enterprise Hub.
The Food Enterprise Hub is currently using the kitchen at the COTC/OSUN campus located here in Licking County. The shared-space area is perfect for our processing and storing needs, and the high quality kitchen ensures we are able to maintain and exceed all health and food safety standards. We maintain high standards including registration with the FDA, the ODA, and the Licking County Health Department. Both of our employees at the kitchen are PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) trained and certified.