Local Food Producers, Buyers, and Distributors:

Regional and State Resources:

National Resources:

  • USDA Know your Food Know Your Farmer is a USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama’s commitment to strengthening local and regional food system
  • The Wallace Center supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy

Other Food Business Incubator Models:

Members of the planning team have studied these and other shared-used kitchen incubators to develop a model that will be best suited for Freeport and the surrounding region.

  • Food Business Innovation Network is a collaboration of organizations working to provide access to facilities and technical assistance for aspiring food processors and other food & farm entrepreneurs, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin Extension.
  • Bushel & Pecks Local Market in Beloit, WI, is a specialty food market, a restaurant, a beer & wine shop, a food processing kitchen and a special gathering place for locals & visitors. “Our vision embraces Local Food, Community & Culture. We grow, source, preserve, and serve local, organic foods through our CSA, markets, restaurant, kitchen, and store. We cultivate sustainable community food systems from farm to table.” Also see this video.
  • FEED Kitchens (Food Enterprise & Economic Development) in Madison, WI, includes five commercial kitchens available for rent by the hour. FEED also offers a training kitchen for non-profit groups and cooking teachers. One tenant is Just Bakery, a program of Madison Urban Ministries, which provides food service skills training to ex-offenders to help them gain employment. Also see this video.
  • Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point, WI, is a commercial kitchen owned and operated by a center supporting people with disabilities. Their on-site staff prepare and package recipes and food products for commercial sale (i.e. a co-packing model). Also see this video.
  • Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois in Sterling, IL, is a commercial kitchen business incubator, available for rent by the hour, sponsored by the Greater Sterling Development Corporation, the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sterling.
  • Farm Market Kitchen in Algoma, WI, is a commercial kitchen business incubator available for rent by the hour led by a not-for-profit, The Living Lake’s Heritage, Inc., whose mission is “to develop and to encourage educational and economic opportunities which foster understanding and experiences in the unique cultural heritage of the area and promote balance and sustainability of the environmental treasures of the region.” Also see this video.
  • Brown County Culinary Kitchen in Green Bay, WI, is a commercial kitchen incubator managed through a non-profit collaborative effort among four partnering organizations: Advance, a division of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and The Farm Market Kitchen. Also see this video.
  • Food Enterprise Center and Fifth Season Cooperative in Viroqua, WI
  • Food Enterprise Center is a multi-tenant aggregation, storage, processing and distribution center with ten food and wellness-related businesses which employ at least 45 people. See also: Food Enterprise Center receives Top Rural Initiative Award.
  • Fifth Season Cooperative, located in the Food Enterprise Center, is a full-service, local food broker serving Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison and everywhere in between.
  • Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACENet) in Athens, Ohio includes a shared-use Food Manufacturing and Commercial Kitchen facility that hosts over 150 businesses annually.
  • The Plant in Chicago, IL, is a multi-purpose social entrepreneurship project in a former meatpacking facility including a kitchen incubator and other food business incubation space.