When sitting down to eat, most people probably don’t stop to ponder where the food sitting right in front of them came from. Personally, I’d like to imagine that everything that goes into this temple of mine is fresh, sustainable, local and delicious, but that’s not always the case – until now. Meet Pivot Produce. Pivot Produce, in short, is the middle man between local Tucson farms and local Tucson restaurants.
Erik Stanford, Founder of Pivot Produce, is slowly but surely connecting Tucson’s flourishing agricultural movements to its vibrant and happening restaurant scene. Currently, Pivot supplies the following restaurants with produce:
And supplies restaurants with produce from the following farms:
Rattlebox Farms, Southwinds Farm, Breckenfeld Family Farm, San Xavier Coop Farm, Dirty Girl Farmette, Robb’s Family Farm, Forever Yong Farms, Dreamflower Gardens, Sonoran Hydroponics, Cochise Family Farms, High Energy Agriculture, University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
Restaurants are receiving local, top-notch produce and farms are receiving adequate compensation for their quality produce. By working in unison with Pivot Produce, more than $8,000 has rightfully gone to the farmers pockets.
If you like what Pivot is doing, here’s your opportunity to help make sure that they’re around for the long haul. Currently, Pivot Produce is seeking loans and grants from both the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s microloan program and the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Grant. Pivot has also launched a crowdfunding campaign that you can donate to here that will run through December 15, 2016. If Pivot reaches their $20,000 goal, they’ll be eligible to apply for an “in-kind” match for the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program Grant, which would quadruple their funds and buy some much needed upgrades to their transportation (currently an ’86 Chevy station wagon), refrigeration, and other logistical necessities.
Give their Facebook page a like here and find out more about what makes Pivot Produce such a big dill!