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January 24. 2013 8:58PM

Food buyers, sellers to attend 'matchmaking' event in Durham

DURHAM - Local food buyers and sellers will come together Jan. 28 to collaborate over making more local food available to consumers.


The local "matchmaking" event and trade show is a collaboration between Seacoast Local's ReRootEd program and the New Hampshire Farm to Schools program. It is being held at Oyster River High School from 3 to 6 p.m.

The event will offer open networking opportunities as well as an "open space technologies" forum with speakers and topics developed based on who is in the room at the time. The day will wrap up with one-on-one networking opportunities that resemble "speed dating" events.

The goal is to strengthen the local food economy through business-to-business connections. The event will bring together businesses looking to source more locally grown, caught or produced food as well as farmers, fishermen and value-added producers looking to expand their retail or wholesale markets.

Jessica Boynton, education and outreach coordinator with Seacoast Local, said with the growth of farmers' markets, there are many opportunities for farmers and other producers to explore retail, but there are not as many opportunities to talk about wholesale selling or buying.

"I think it makes a lot of sense for Seacoast Local - helping businesses to shift to more local products, whether food or something manufactured locally," Boynton said.

For more information about the event or to register, contact Jessica Boynton at food@seacoastlocal.org, or by phone at 766-1775.



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