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What is the U.P. Food Exchange?

The U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE) is a Food Hub championed by the Marquette Food Co-op, Taste the Local Difference, the Western UP Planning & Development Region, MSU Extension and other partners, that coordinates and supports local food activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.).  UPFE serves as a resource portal for farmers, businesses, and institutions looking to connect with and actively participate in their local food system.

What is the Online Marketplace?

We simplify the sourcing of high-quality, local food products by offering product aggregation, delivery, payment processing, and marketing support. Purchasing products through the UP Food Exchange supports local farmers and invests in the regional economy.

Benefits for Farmers

Farmers are able to market their products to multiple customers through a single online platform which maintains a live inventory at all times. Products are aggregated for pick up at their corresponding Hub Location, so farmers can deliver orders from multiple buyers to one location, with a single invoice.

Benefits for Buyers

Restaurants, hospitals, schools, and other institutions are welcome to use the UPFE Online Marketplace. Buyers can purchase products from multiple farms in a single order, pay for them with a single payment and receive all the products at once as a single order. UPFE streamlines the many processes involved in purchasing local food while maintaining a strong connection to local farmers. UPFE partners with Taste the Local Difference to offer marketing support, as well as provides product updates, and help navigating challenges to getting local food into your business.

Contact Eli Hopp at or 906 225 0671 x 726 for further details about how you can start ordering local food through UPFE’s Online Marketplace.


Interested in Becoming a Seller?

Why Should You Join UPFE’s Online Marketplace?

Are You Eligible?

Click on the link below to request an account: Marketplace Login


Interested in Becoming a Buyer?

The U.P Food Exchange invites you to use the Online Marketplace, a website where institutional food purchasers can buy local food directly from farmers on the internet. This website is free, easy to use, and includes a broad range of functions that allow you to spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time working with good food.
Why Should You Join UPFE’s Online Marketplace?

Please contact us to discuss what products you are interested in sourcing locally and to request an account.  The better we understand your needs, the better we are able to help you meet them. We look forward to hearing from you!
906-225-0671 ext. 726 or 


The U.P. Food Exchange is not responsible for product quality and or service provided by an individual farm and cannot guarantee the claims that farms make about their products. Additionally, the U.P. Food Exchange has not verified the ability of buyers to pay for their purchases.