Why is a Regional Food System important?
- Local control over the food system, the methods of production and who grows it.
- More diverse products, greater volume and longer growing seasons (compared to hyper-local only).
- Regionally appropriate growing systems vs. global standards.
- 90% of the food consumed in the Northeast comes from outside the region.
Red Tomato works with small and mid-size farms in nine Northeastern states. Mid-sized producers farm 3.8 million acres of land in the Northeast (that's equal to the state of CT - and then some!).
Mid-Sized Farm: Total sales between $250,000 and $999,999 per year.
In the Northeast, 4% of farmers are classified as 'mid-sized', yet they farm 20% of all farmland and are responsible for 28% of the agricultural market.
What Red Tomato believes...
We believe in a future where our region’s farmers are thriving! Earning a meaningful living, transitioning their farms to the next generation, investing in sustainable production, creating fair and dignified jobs (and Red Tomato doing the same), and growing righteous food for all!
We work to create an identity for mid-size growers because the existing system is designed to hide them. We choose to be in the deal so that we share the risk and reward with our growers, in our gut and our paycheck.