The increasing number of Vermont specialty food producers – many of them farmers – is creating a demand for facilities where they can make their products. Many have outgrown their home kitchens but they’re still too small to invest in a commercial facility. That’s where food processing centers come in.
The centers rent commercial kitchen space and provide expertise. In recent years two high profile processing facilities have opened in Vermont: The non-profit Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick and the privately owned Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield. Now a new food processing center called Micropack has opened in a South Burlington industrial park.
Glenn Coville is a co-partner and operates an organic farm in Craftsbury and produces a line of botanical products. He says the idea behind Micropack is to provide other farmers and producers with a facility to make value added agricultural products.
“Farmers really need value added products to make small farms work, so really in my mind it’ about creating infrastructure,” says Coville.
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