WHAT IS FARMPLATE?
FarmPlate is a revolutionary online community that connects farmers, fishermen, foragers, food artisans, restaurants, markets, distributors and foodies everywhere. Our searchable directory of 40,000+ business listings across the country, networking tools and reviews make it fun and easy to find and enjoy real foods near you.
Use FarmPlate to:
Discover & Connect
From truck farms and fishermen to crop mobs, microbreweries and apiaries—we've got them all covered. Search for real food businesses near you. Just type what you're hungry for in the blue search bar above and let us do the work!
Rate & Review
Can’t wait to share your latest find from the farmers’ market? Taste a new dish at your favorite farm-to-table restaurant around the corner that others should know about? Post your opinions and “dig” businesses you love. Discover the places and products other people are talking about.
Explore & Learn
FarmPlate's glossary has more than 300 sustainable food terms for you to browse, plus we've got a valuable resources section that's guaranteed to be your go-to guide for information about sustainable foods and farming.
Find Your Inspiration
We post hand-picked seasonal recipes, dish up our regular fare of real food news and share the most interesting and engaging stories we can find about farms, food artisans, restaurants and more right here on our blog. Check out the latest posts.
Grow Your Business
Are you a farmer, fisherman, food artisan, restaurant, market, distributor, organization or other real food business? FarmPlate is here to help: upgrade your listing and watch your customer base grow.
Kim's early years were flat out nomadic. By the time she was 12, she had attended at least a dozen schools in half a dozen countries. While living in Greece, Italy, France, England and the Caribbean, she was exposed to traditional methods of cultivating foods and the slow, simple rituals of preparing and enjoying regional and seasonal foods. These early experiences led to her love of cooking and to a career editing cookbooks. She has contributed to more than two dozen books, including the Joy of Cooking (1997). How she spends her days now is a far cry from her predictable days as an editor, and she will be the first to tell you that launching a business is a lot more exciting, and challenging, than getting an MBA. email Kim
"I founded FarmPlate for one simple reason: I want to make sustainable foods everyday foods."
Kaitlin's interest in the good food movement arose in a rather roundabout way: her first backpacking excursion led to a keen fascination with the natural environment, which expanded to a broader regard for sustainability and, eventually, a recognition of the vital role that food plays in creating sustainable systems. A native of Michigan, Kaitlin graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and Music. While at Butler, she co-founded the Butler Campus Farm in Indianapolis and then worked as farm manager during its first season. She currently serves on the board of directors at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in Vermont. Some of Kaitlin's favorite things are colorful heirloom vegetables, friendly local farmers, cozy food co-ops and delicious vegetarian meals. email Kaitlin
"The security and well-being of communities depends upon our ability to grow and distribute healthy, local food—this is becoming increasingly evident every day. It is enlivening to help this become more of a reality through my work at FarmPlate."
Sarah developed an interest in sustainable local food and urban agriculture while earning a BA in Art History from Connecticut College. A passion for travel and the Spanish language led her to South America where she volunteered with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Argentina and Chile. She now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she loves to cook and seek out new restaurants. email Sarah
"I'm excited to be working with FarmPlate to connect consumers to their local, sustainable food sources. This will play a vital role in allowing us to move into the future as healthy citizens in a restored environment
— and with delicious food, too!"
Jason grew up on a diversified organic farm and vineyard in the Finger Lakes region of western New York and has always been driven to communicate the benefits of living close to the land and respecting the natural world. He co-founded Greener Partners, a nonprofit organization that is transforming public spaces and underutilized land into community teaching gardens and forward-thinking farms within the Greater Philadelphia region. Jason also serves on the board of Tyler Arboretum, a 650-acre preserve near Philadelphia, and Spring Garden Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports social-causes film production.
"The knock on the local foods movement is the lack of an efficient distribution system. I believe FarmPlate is changing that argument and will be a leader in establishing a new, more equitable food system for all."
Nate is a Philadelphia-based venture capital investor. Before joining Osage Ventures in 2008 as a managing partner, Nate was president and CEO of Verticalnet, a public software company, which he led from an online operator of Web portals to a proven software solutions provider. Prior to his success at Verticalnet, Nate was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting, where he worked with emerging businesses in the U.S. and 15 countries around the world. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Brown University.
"I enjoy working with forward-thinking entrepreneurs to help them build sound foundations for great companies. Needless to say, I'm truly enjoying working with the team at FarmPlate."
James has worked for the past decade as an entrepreneur, advisor and venture capitalist. At Criterion Ventures, he designed, launched and operated social and environmental enterprises. He has lead strategy design, capital formation, business development and M&A at various startups, including e2e Materials and eSecLending. Within venture capital, James has managed a fund for Cornell University and worked at CEI Community Ventures. He earned an M.B.A. from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a B.A. from Hamilton College.
"The future of safe, healthy local food depends upon the scope and strength of the relationships we establish between producer and consumer. Through accessible, customizable and robust web technology, FarmPlate offers the platform for building and growing those relationships."
A pioneer in integrating marketing, communications and technology, Michael has three decades of experience and a special interest in developing Internet/web/social media strategies. He spent a good part of his early career working for Rodale Press. Michael is a founder of Sustainable Woodstock, a nonprofit focused on building a robust, mixed local economy and community around green principles.
"I've spent much of my life seeking out foods from small growers and producers. For me, FarmPlate is the opportunity to combine my passion for sustainable food and my professional experience in delivering easy-to-use, satisfying online solutions."
Bill has worked in the food and sustainability space for most of his career, with 15 years of experience in strategy consulting, marketing and publishing. Currently a marketing director for King Arthur Flour, Bill has also been marketing director at America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated magazine, business operations director for Taunton Press' interactive group (publishers of Fine Cooking and Fine Gardening) and publisher at BuildingGreen, an information media company focused on sustainable systems, design and construction. Bill holds an M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
"Making healthy, sustainable food choices is critical but access to these foods will be the keystone holding a new economy together. FarmPlate is ready to be the keystone, providing reliable, trustworthy information and a platform for buyers and sellers of sustainable goods to exchange their knowledge, make personal and professional connections and create a marketplace for their products."
Bob has a long track record developing innovative and successful strategies for technology and media companies. He is currently Senior Vice President of Strategic and Financial Planning at Comcast. Before that, he headed up Boston Consulting Group's technology, media and telecommunications practice for the East Coast and was principal of BCG's eVenture group. Bob studied philosophy at Dartmouth College, where he spent considerable time paddling in the Connecticut River and hiking through the White Mountains. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School.
"FarmPlate is uniquely positioned to couple consumer demand for affordable, fresh, high-quality healthy food with municipal interest in supporting local food businesses. I am excited to be part of this venture."
Eric became involved in the farm-to-table movement well before "sustainable food" became a catchphrase. As a kid in upstate New York, Eric and his brother tended the backyard raspberry patch and then sold their harvest to the local IGA. After college, Eric ventured into the restaurant business where he received his education in reality. Today, he wears both corporate and volunteer hats assisting small businesses and non-profits with their financial challenges.
"I'm convinced that FarmPlate will offer the tools critical to overcoming many of the challenges that face farmers, food producers and other members of the sustainable foods community. If we all work together to share ideas and resources, the movement's success is inevitable."