Fifth Season Co-Operative
Fair, Local Foods For All
GROWING BEYOND THE FARMERS MARKETS & CSA
Historically, the “fifth season” referred to the various ways people preserved food in order to enjoy their harvest well beyond the growing season. It was common to can, freeze, and dry foods during the peak of the season to extend the bounty.
Through the formation of the Fifth Season Cooperative, we preserve many things in our region: our health and wealth, the connection between producers & consumers and the market for traditionally, sustainably raised foods.
Every purchase of a local Fifth Season product supports food diversity, fair wages and assures that no one stands alone in the local food marketplace.
Fifth Season Cooperative Provides: Centralized coordination to move local food into regional institutional & retail markets, Access to markets through large scale distributors for small to medium size farmers & processors, Liability insurance for farmers and processors to obtain broadline distribution, Product & member traceability for food safety regulations & industry requirements, GAP and HACCP training, as well as audits, for all farmer and processor members