About the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange
The U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE) is a Food Hub being led by both the Marquette Food Co-op and Taste the Local Difference. Along with working towards creating a successful local food model in the Central U.P., the organization also coordinates and encourages local food activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including region-wide support of other organizations and communities local food projects and facilitating a UPFE Food Policy Committee. UPFE serves as a resource portal for farmers, businesses, and individuals looking to connect with and actively participate in their local food system.
Michigan Good Food Charter
The work of the U.P. Food Exchange is rooted in the Michigan Good Food Charter. The Michigan Good Food Charter helps encourage decision and policy makers to support the growing of healthy, green, fair, and affordable food across Michigan. An easy, yet public show of support for local food can be made by signing on as a supporter of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
What is a Food Hub?
The National Good Food Network defines a regional food hub as a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.
Who runs the Exchange?
The Marquette Food Co-op and Taste the Local Difference are responsible for day-to-day coordination of Exchange activities across the U.P. The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region serves as a point of contact for stakeholders in the western region and manages communication to and from the Exchange. The beauty of the Exchange is that it is not an organization but an extension of work already being done by the partner businesses and agencies. The Exchange represents a visible collaboration of the local food efforts, activities, services and resources that the partners have been providing from the start. All businesses and organizations involved in the Exchange play a role in ensuring its ongoing success through continued collaboration and shared responsibility.
Who do I contact to get involved in my region?
Central & Eastern Region
Sarah Monte, Outreach Director, Marquette Food Co-op
906.225.0671 x 723