chop, bag, refrigerate, freeze, bake, sauté, rise, grill, slice, grind, roast…
Through the Working Landscapes Food Hub, Working Landscapes adds value to locally grown food and helps to bridge the gap between local farmers and local and regional consumers. We are building the missing infrastructure that helps growers reach new markets, and also providing retail access to healthy, local food that is not otherwise available in our community.
The Food Hub is comprised of two facilities: the Working Landscapes Produce Center and the Main Street Kitchen. Both are located in downtown Warrenton and serve as examples of how disused commercial buildings can be brought back to life through a more robust local food economy. This pair of facilities gives Working Landscapes and area farmers and food entrepreneurs access to a variety of specialty equipment to access new markets for locally grown food.
The Working Landscapes Produce Center, located at 221 W. Franklin Street in Warrenton, is home to the Chopped Produce Initiative. Here we receive fresh, local produce from area farmers, store it in a large cold storage facility and then chop and bag it for distribution to schools, hospitals, daycares and other institutions.
Main Street Kitchen is a shared-use incubator kitchen inside the in the center of downtown Warrenton, located at 108 South Main Street, directly across from the county courthouse. Through Main Street Kitchen, Working Landscapes provides entrepreneurial community members with the space, appliances, and certifications to develop and sell prepared food products.