Interested in being listed in the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide? Who is listed in it? Why you should consider being listed?
Below are frequently asked questions with answers that will hopefully help you and answer any questions you may have. Check out the information below, then follow the steps to make sure your business or organization is listed!
What is the purpose of the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide?
The purpose of the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide is to give greater visibility to Valley agriculture and make it possible for individuals, families, institutions and businesses in and around the Shenandoah Valley region to buy more food that was grown or produced in the Shenandoah Valley.
Who produces the guide?
The Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter produces the guide. The chapter is managed by Virginia Cooperative Extension, but many other organizations and businesses contribute their time, energy, and expertise to make the guide possible. Many of these organizations are part of the Shenandoah Valley Local Food and Farm Network.
How often is the guide published?
Since 2009, the guide has been published annually. Click here to see a recent edition of the guide.
When will the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide be released?
Early spring 2017!
How many copies of the guide are printed and where are they distributed?
Thanks to the help of our generous sponsors, we were able to print 60,000 copies of the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide in 2016 and distribute them at convenient locations (visitor centers, offices of local agencies, government centers, public libraries, farmers markets, natural food stores, grocers, etc.) throughout the counties included in the guide: Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and the cities of Winchester, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, Luray, and Front Royal.
The following types of businesses or organizations are eligible to be listed in the printed Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide:
- A farm,
- A small-scale processor utilizing local farm products,
- A farm stand,
- A farmers market,
- A cooperative grocery selling local products,
- A restaurant or catering company aiming to purchase at least 25% of their food from local sources,
- A locally owned retail grocery store or restaurant selling local products (and aiming to purchase at least 25% of their food from local sources), or
- A specialty food producer or “food artisan” who makes products from farm goods (including things such as jams, cured meats and prepared foods) and sourcing at least 60% of their ingredients from within 100 miles of the Shenandoah Valley.
How much does it cost to have a listing in the guide?
Listings for eligible businesses or organizations are complimentary, but we encourage you to consider becoming a sponsor. By becoming a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to feature your business or organization prominently in the local food guide. Please see below to find out more about the benefits of becoming a sponsor.
What is included in a complimentary listing?
A complimentary listing includes the information listed in the “Products Offered” (the first three products listed) and “Sales Method” categories on the statewide database for all Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters in Virginia: Buy Local Virginia (www.buylocalvirginia.org).
Why should I consider becoming a sponsor?
Sponsors are businesses or organizations that complimentary choose to contribute to the production of the guide. In return, sponsors receive a highlighted and expanded listing in the guide. The information submitted in the “About Our Business,” “Products Offered,” and “Sales Description” categories on the Buy Local Virginia website will be included in a sponsor listing.
Ok, you’ve convinced me- let me in that guide! What do I have to do?
Please contact French Price, Shenandoah Valley Farm to Table Coordinator, via 540-432-6029 Ext. 117 or Megan Dunford, Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator, via 540-432-6029 Ext. 107 if you would like to receive a free complimentary listing within the guide, if you would like to pay a non-negotiable monetary fee to become a local food guide sponsor, or both.
Boy, I love the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide and my organization or business is interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities – What are the different sponsorship levels and benefits that come along with each?
Wonderful! The publication of the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local food guide is possible thanks to generous sponsors throughout our community! Sponsorships start at $100. Sponsorship classifications and benefits are outlined below:
- Community Partner Sponsors: $1,000
Prominent Advertisement in the local food guide
Premier placement on Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local (www.buylocalshenvalley.org) website (includes name, logo, phone, and hyperlink to website or other brief information)
Use of Buy Fresh Buy Local promotional materials for your business, free of charge (includes ready-to-print graphics files for point of purchase cards, ads, signs, banners, logos, etc.)
- Top of the Crop Sponsors: $500+
Acknowledgement in local food guide as sponsor with logo
Acknowledgement as sponsor on website (includes name, logo, phone, and hyperlink to website)
Limited access of Buy Fresh Buy Local promotional materials for your business, free of charge (includes ready-to-print graphics files for point of purchase cards, ads, signs, banners, logos, etc.)
- 24-Carrot Sponsors: $250+
Acknowledgement in local food guide as sponsor with logo
- Farm Friend Sponsors: $100 +
Acknowledgement in local food guide with color picture and limited caption (photo and caption supplied by the business/producer)
Must be a current Buy Fresh Buy Local member listed in the guide
I need to add or update my information on www.buylocalvirginia.org. How do I do that?
Businesses and organizations are responsible for updating their information on www.buylocalvirginia.org. See “Partner Login” at the bottom of the homepage to login and update your information yourself. If you have not yet registered on the site, follow the steps to become a partner. If you are registered, but need your password, please see this page to retrieve your password. If you are unable to add or update your information, please call 540-432-6029 Ext. 107 or 540-432-6029 Ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: The sponsorship deadline is February 17th, 2017. Act fast! For questions or more information, please contact French Price, Shenandoah Valley Farm to Table Coordinator, via 540-432-6029 Ext. 117 or Megan Dunford, Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator, via 540-432-6029 Ext. 107.