‘Food Foragers’ Search Out Local Products For Grocery Chains

Eating local can mean shopping your local farmers market or participating in a community supported agriculture program. It also can mean seeking out local products at your favorite grocery store. These days, “local” is getting more and more shelf space.

How do those local products get to the store shelves? At Whole Foods Market, it’s thanks to a staff of “food foragers,” people like Kristin Sherman, who spends her days searching for local food entrepreneurs who are ready for the next big step in their business life.

Although visits to farmers markets are part of her job, sourcing local products also means research. She checks out shared commercial kitchens to see what’s being made there. She looks into university programs that support emerging brands and entrepreneurs. She follows the food buzz on social media.

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