The final touches are underway at the Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield.

“This is going to be a great space for food producers in the Mad River Valley and outside the Mad River Valley,” said Robin Morris of the Mad River Food Hub.

The 4,000-square-foot space will help farmers process and preserve their products and get them to market. One of hub’s main goals is to meet the state’s demand for meat processing facilities. These rooms are designed to handle about 10,000 pounds of pork and beef a week.

“What we’ve had before is if you wanted to start a business you had to spend hundreds of thousands on the capital outlay for a meat processing plant, now you can come and experiment with new ideas,” Morris said.

The new facility is part of Vermont Farm to Plate initiative aimed at strengthening the state’s food system. So far five companies have committed to using this new space.  [Read more.]