The Mad River Food Hub opened the processing rooms on October 17th 2011 having received it’s meat processing permit from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Meat Processing and Processing Permit from the Vermont Department of Health.
In the last three years there have been a number of Milestones
October 2011 – Jacob Finsen appointed Operations Manager
November 2011 – Distribution to Mad River Valley, Washington and Chittenden County two days a week
December 2011 – Custom Meat Processing service offered
February 2012 – Eugene Messier joins as our Truck Driver
April 2012 – USDA grant of inspection for meat processing
January 2013 – Dry Aged Curing Facility under construction
July 2013 – Jacob Finsen takes over co-processing and starts Artisan Meats of Vermont
August 2013 – FDA Assistant Secretary Mike Taylor and team visit MRFH on FSMA tour
Fall 2013 – Dry Aged Curing Facility goes on-line for testing Salami production
Winter 2013/4 – Vermont Agricultural Development Program assists MRFH in strategic long term plan
March 2014 – Working with Stan Ward, lot tracking software is announced, supporting forthcoming FSMA regulation
June 2014 – Vermont Agency of Agriculture Meat Processing permit for Dry Aged Curing
July 2014 – Vermont Salumi retails first Salami produced at Mad River Food Hub
July 2014 – Joshua Gibbs joins as General Manager with extensive Restaurant, Food Safety and NECI background
August 2014 – In conjunction with VFVC and VCLF Equipment Access Program offered to Food Hub Customers
September 2014 – Greg Bove joins as Facilities and Operations Supervisor
September 2014 – Jacob Finsen transitions out to build Artisan Meats of Vermont
October 2014 – 3rd Anniversary
The Mad River Food Hub is a complex organization and is externally regulated by two Federal organizations and three State organizations. As the first Food Hub in the NE to offer a shared Meat and non Meat processing facility there were many regulatory hurdles and challenges that we have overcome in the last 3 years and I thank all the Agencies for their patience.
I especially want to thank Jacob Finsen for his efforts in building and operating the Mad River Food Hub in that time.
Joshua Gibbs now runs the Mad River Food Hub as General Manager supported by Greg and Eugene. My role will continue as coach, advisor and ambassador in addition to providing Consulting to the UVM Food Hub Management Certificate Program and the National Good Food Network Food Hub Community of Practice.
In the last three years we have supported over 160 customers resulting in hundreds of tons of local food being available to Vermonters.
Finally, there have been many people and organizations in the Mad River Valley and Vermont who have assisted us over the last 3 years. Thank you, the Mad River Food Hub exists today due to all your efforts and support.
Robin Morris – Founder Mad River Food Hub.