The Regional Supply Chain

The Regional Supply Chain

To truly build a market for local, we need to develop regional supply.

Why Is a Regional Food System Important?

  • Local control over the food system, production methods, and who grows it leads to higher-quality food. It’s good to know who grows your food!
  • Regional supply results in more diverse products, greater volume, and longer growing seasons (compared to hyper-local only).
  • Regionally appropriate growing systems, like our EcoCertified Fruit Program, vs. global standards are better for the planet.
  • 90% of the food consumed in the Northeast comes from outside the region despite our robust regional supply.

Mid-sized farms comprise just 6%

Red Tomato works with small and mid-sized 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 Connecticut - and then some!).

Mid-Sized Farm: Total sales between $250,000 and $999,999 per year.

Local control of the land means it's more likely to be farmed in a responsible manner

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.

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We believe in a future where our region’s farmers are thriving!

We envision farmers earning a meaningful living, transitioning their farms to the next generation, supporting sustainable production, creating fair and dignified jobs (and Red Tomato doing the same), and growing righteous food for all!

We believe in a healthy future for our regional supply chains

We believe in a healthy future for our regional supply chains

We work to create an identity for mid-size growers because the existing system is designed to hide them. We operate within that system rather than creating an alternative path because we believe it is the most effective route to good food for all. We operate within the existing system, rather than creating an alternative path because we believe it is the most effective route to good food for all. Together – we are righteous produce!