We are simplifying the local food sourcing process so we can all benefit from local food. Consumers are increasingly demanding fresh, local food. Yet grocers, distributors, and institutions find it challenging to source locally. Forager is seeking to change all of this so we can make local food more widely available for everyone.
Local food is changing our lives
Local food benefits our environment, economy, health, and community. It reduces our carbon footprint, creates local jobs, makes us healthier, and brings people together.
The market for local food has grown 4 times faster than industrial agriculture in the past decade, reaching 14 billion dollars in 2016. It's projected to double again in the next 5 years.
Still, locally sourced food is only
3% of all the food we consume
Local sourcing is expensive, time-consuming, and error-prone—taking up to 80 hours a week and preventing retailers from offering more local foods.
Discovering, establishing, and maintaining a reliable network of local producers is difficult and limits how much stores can source locally.
Most payments are made by check — slow in processing and a real pain for both the producer and the buyer.