Dear Restaurant Owner,
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in local foods. We are a group at SUNY Delhi collaborating with local non-profits to increase consumption of local food in Delaware County. “Buying locally” sounds simple enough, but there are many factors that make it difficult: cost, convenience, unfamiliarity, and lack of a defined system all make the suggestion of buying locally on a regular basis intimidating.
What we are really interested in developing is a Community Food System---a “collaborative effort to integrate agricultural production with food distribution to enhance the economic, environmental, and social well-being of a particular place.” In this case, that particular place is Delaware County. Our mission is to work with food businesses to connect them with local farmers so that eventually the process of buying local has a defined system.
We realize the importance of getting input from those who are actually dealing with the complexities of running a food business. By filling out the included survey, you will be giving us valuable information on the challenges that restaurant owners face when trying to buy locally. Even if you are not 100% sure you want to participate in this effort, we encourage you to fill out and return the survey to the address below by Date. Thank you so much for your time and input!