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Our Mission

The MendoLake Food Hub increases the availability of local produce and the viability of local farms by connecting growers and buyers through an easy to use network.

Our Story

The MendoLake Food Hub aggregates and distributes produce from small farms around Lake and Mendocino Counties.  Thanks to grant funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we started operating in 2015 as a program of North Coast Opportunities with the mission of increasing the economic viability of local farms and increasing local food access in our community. We do this by providing farmers access to a shared sales and distribution network which serves wholesale buyers like grocery stores, schools, and restaurants.

Thanks to devoted work from many supporters, the Food Hub has seen dramatic growth over the last three years and is currently transitioning to become a for-profit Grower Cooperative.

We are part of a network of food hubs across California working to build a vibrant, diverse new food system where small farms thrive and the freshest local produce is easily accessible to customers.

All of our farmers are Certified Producers. This means that they grow what they sell, and they’re Approved Sources, so they follow stringent food safety practices.

How The
Food Hub
Works

Farmers login to the website and list their current products for sale twice a week. During the sales period, wholesale buyers can login and order from multiple farms at once and on one invoice, for one single delivery.  

The MendoLake Food Hub has a series of cold storage nodes (refrigerated shipping containers and walk-in coolers) around Lake & Mendocino Counties. Farmers harvest produce to order and transport it to the nearest node. Our refrigerated truck picks up the produce and delivers to local buyers.  

We cross-transact with other Food Hubs in the California Food Hub Network too. This means Lake & Mendocino County growers can take advantage of the shared distribution routes and sell products as far away as San Francisco and Sacramento. Farmers can simply list their products on our website, drive their produce to the nearest cold storage node, and take advantage of delivery through the greater Food Hub Network.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Farmers

How do I setup a new account to sell produce for the first time?

If you’re listing produce for the first time, first call our office at (707) 467-3238 so we can get to know a little more about you and help you setup an account. Just like selling at a certified farmers market, we have a registration packet and few required forms  – let us know if you have any questions.

Please allow up to 7 days for processing your registration before you plan to list produce for sale.

Click here to view our new vendor registration packet.

I’m just getting started. Is there really a market for fresh produce? Do you have advice about crop-planning?

Yes, definitely! Our sales have gone up almost 100% in the past year, and we’re expected to continue growing. Our staff works hard to help coordinate crop-planning between buyers and growers to ensure that we have enough supply and to help avoid any unnecessary gluts. In general, the biggest demand we see right now is for shoulder-season produce and crops that are available in winter & spring. To set up an appointment for a longer discussion just send us an email.

How do I get paid?

You can expect to receive a check in the mail from us about 3 weeks after a sale. We collect payments from individual buyers, so you can rest easy and plan on a consistent payment schedule without any hassle. 

BUYERS

Who can sign up for a buyer account?

We work with all kinds of wholesale buyers: grocery stores, restaurants, school districts, caterers.

Do you sell to the general public?

We don’t sell to the general public currently, at this time we focus our efforts on wholesale buyers.  

How do the ordering cycles work?

The online store is open for sales twice a week:

  • Sunday 7:00 a.m.  – Monday at 7:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – Thursday 7:00 a.m.

Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Farmers login to the website and list what they have for sale in-between sales days. This way you can see some of the availability list before the store opens! Please remember, the full selection of products isn’t generally listed until 7:00 am on the day the store actually opens. 

How do I setup an account?

If it’s your first time ordering, call our office at (707) 467-3238. We’ll set you up with a username to login to the website so you can order online.

How do I place an order?

It’s easy! Once you have an account, you can order through our online store on your phone or computer.  We’re also happy to take orders via email, text message or over the phone at (707) 467-3238.

For large or recurring purchases, feel free to contact us in advance.  We work with many customers to create standing orders and we forward growing contracts to help accommodate the planning that many businesses require.

Sign Up

Join a vibrant local food community today by signing up as a participating producer or wholesale buyer.