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Green Harvest Trading

an entrepreneur provides delivery and growing advice to non-driving Amish community In the center of the Amish and Mennonite farming community in western Medina County, Greg Stegeman provides a valuable service to a growing group of hard working family farmers. Greg works with this farming community to develop a schedule of crops to ensure a steady stream of desirable products throughout the growing season and delivers their fresh produce directly to the Sysco warehouse dock in Cleveland, Ohio exclusively for Sysco’s LocalCrop.com enterprise. LocalCrop.com functions as an online farmers’ market conveniently allowing restaurant chefs and institutional chefs to select and order locally grown produce and other regionally produced value-added products. The products are delivered to Sysco on schedule and transported to chefs with their regular deliveries. Without Greg’s Green Harvest Trading Co., there’s no way the Amish farmers could transport their crops that far and capture a premium market. The service Greg provides not only coordinates production schedules for the farmers, but also makes sure the product is harvested, sorted, graded, and packaged according to Sysco standards. He uses refrigerated transportation to ensure the freshest and best handling of the product.

Greg’s knowledge of produce comes from a long career at the Northern Ohio Food Terminal. Now, through Green Harvest, he is filling the gap in the supply chain between the farmers, the distributor, and food service chefs. If you have entrepreneurial ideas that could fill similar gaps in local supply chains, please post them on LocalFoodSystems. org to explore potential connections with other individuals who may be developing complementary businesses. s 8

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