In the last several years, there have been explorations into developing a shared-use, commercial kitchen in Rutland. The Vermont Farmers Food Center recognizes there is a need for a commercial kitchen as well as food aggregation and storage facilities. We’ve recently completed a community survey and are compiling the results to better understand and fill the specific needs. We’re now working on transitioning from our feasibility study into the implementation phase. Our goal is to increase our capacity to contribute to the many food access and food system development efforts in the Rutland region.
What is a Shared-Use Kitchen?
The concept of a Shared-Use Kitchen is to assist food entrepreneurs by providing access to commercial kitchen equipment in a shared-use space, to prepare and process food for the consumer and wholesale market. The facility will meet all state and federal licensing regulations while also providing a supportive environment for incubating business ideas.
What are Food Aggregation and Storage Facilities?
These are buildings designed to increase the capacity of farmers and food entrepreneurs to store crops, ingredients and product while also creating marketing and distributions options. Features include multiple temperature and humidity controlled storage environments, loading docks, and office space. This facility will also meet all state and federal licensing regulations.
VFFC appreciates the valuable time you spent responding to our survey. With your help we’ve identified the needs and opportunities for a commercial kitchen and we’re moving the project forward. The information you provided will be central in determining exactly how the shared-use commercial kitchen and food-aggregation facilities will come together in the months ahead. From existing producer-businesses to those looking for a startup opportunity, it’s our goal help you generate more opportunity for your businesses in the Rutland area.