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Winter Break

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This order period (Dec 16th & 17th) will be your last 2018 order period.

Kitsap Fresh will take a two week break starting Dec. 26th.  Kitsap Fresh will be closed the week of Dec. 26th & Jan. 2nd.

Kitsap Fresh will resume normal operations for the Jan. 6th & 7th order period.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  We look forward to serving you in 2019.

Thanksgiving Week

Make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner a farm to table masterpiece with Kitsap Fresh.  Our marketplace in brimming with the bounty of Autumn.  Potatoes, herbs, frozen meats, smoked goods, micro-roasted coffee, baked treats, gourmet breads & more!

All but one “pick up” locations will be open as normal on the 21st of November.  Cj’s Evergreen General Store & Catering closes at 4pm that day.  Our CJ’s location  will be closed on the 21st of November 2018.

 

Edg3 FUND Semi Finalist

 

Edg3-Fund-SemifinalistKitsap Bank’s Edg3 FUND is a small business competition, the grand prize is $20,000. Kitsap Fresh is a Semifinalist. Vote for Kitsap Fresh make us one of five finalist (one vote per email). Voting started Monday, and is open until September 28th at 5pm. Thank you in advance for your help in this way.

https://www.kitsapbank.com/business/edg3-fund/edg3-fund-vote/

PJ’s Market

We are pleased to announce our newest location.  PJs Market in Port Orchard at 1598 Woods Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366.  Pick up hours are 5pm to 8pm.  Like all our Pick Up locations it is self serve.  This should be a great spot, thank you for the support.

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Kitsap Fresh’s Spring Farm to Fork Dinner

Join Kitsap Fresh and Mossback Cafe as we celebrate the bounty of Spring. Chef John Delp of Mossback Cafe will curate a one of a kind meal for you. Dinner will feature Kitsap Fresh farmer’s and food producer’s products. The evening will included live music, a silent auction & no host bar. Join us for this one of a kind event.

Date: May 22nd, Tuesday
Time: Doors 5:30 Dinner 6:30
Cost: $75 a person, $140 a couple
Location: Mossback Cafe; Kingston, WA

Tickets available now at

Kitsap Fresh is Hiring!

Kitsap Fresh is hiring a new Operations Manager. Please see job description below and submit all requested items by January 15th, 2018 for consideration.

Download a PDF version of the KF Operation Manager Job Description

Position Title: Kitsap Fresh Operations Manager

Organizational Description. Kitsap Fresh is a producer-owned cooperative that operates a year-round online local food market for local growers and customers.  The coop provides aggregation and distribution of customer orders every week of the year.  Kitsap Fresh is committed to providing a market for local farmers and producers to sell and customers to access source-identified food on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Job Summary. This is an hourly, part-time, paid position with no benefits for up to 20 hours per week starting in March 2018.  Pay is dependent on experience.  The purpose of this position is to manage all aspects of the Local Food Marketplace software and oversee successful aggregation and delivery of food. The position is also intended to expand Kitsap Fresh by developing key relationships with producers and engage a broader audience of customers. This may include (but not be limited to) developing partnerships with other local food related organizations to leverage expertise, customer bases and funding sources.

Supervision.  The Board of Directors will provide support and supervision.

Location.  The employee will work remotely on a flexible schedule.  The only requirement is to be able to work in Kingston at the aggregation site every Wednesday.

Minimum Education Requirements.  A.A. or A.S Degree

Qualifications:

  • At least four years related work experience in sales, customer service, logistics, and farming or food system-related work;
  • Understanding of market demand, consumer preferences, and the food system value chain;
  • Direct experience developing and managing complex on-the-ground operations;
  • Direct experience with developing and managing farm production plans;
  • Experience in sales and marketing with demonstration of graphic design in order to create brochures, fliers, posters, handouts and general display items;
  • Proven history of success with detail-oriented work;
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team to meet strict deadlines;
  • Ability to manage daily changes in tasks and a work schedule that may change weekly;
  • Effective communications, interpersonal skills, and strong writing ability;
  • Ability to track orders and sales accurately, efficiently, and in a timely manner;
  • Knowledgeable in computer software (MS Office, social media, website content development, graphic design, Excel database, Office365);
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license and a valid drivers license;
  • Ability to perform varied and repetitive manual labor tasks including manual lifting of boxes between 25 – 50 pounds;
  • Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming is a plus;
  • Knowledge of food systems and food hub operations ideal

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Operations

  • Manage logistics at the main aggregation site, including printing of orders, preparation of coolers and boxes/bags. Receive products from local producers and sort orders in preparation for delivery.
  • Organize outgoing product and pack for different pick-up locations and orders on a weekly basis.
  • Coordinate logistics for multiple, simultaneous delivery routes. Provide support to drivers who distribution drop-points (Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Orchard) and assist in driving orders as needed on a weekly basis.
  • Communicate harvest needs to producers based on inventory and orders placed.
  • Perform other online administrative tasks, which could include updating online inventory, tracking payments, invoice generation, etc.
  • Oversee food safety tracking and record-keeping systems.
  • Organize and manage supplies, including boxes, packing materials, cleaning supplies, and office supplies.
  • Refine packing and distribution systems for maximum efficiency.
  • Coordinate the purchase and management of other new infrastructure as needed.

Marketing

  • Bring marketing / expansion ideas to the Board of Directors for consideration. Create marketing materials and graphics as needed. Support outreach and fundraising events.
  • Update and send out the weekly “Producer Newsletter” and “The Fresh Sheet” for customers.
  • Maintain Kitsap Fresh website & social media outlets as needed.
  • Work with producers to secure business licenses and other documentation requirements.
  • Coordinate/manage outreach and fundraising events; organize annual producer meeting.
  • Develop relationships with key/potential local sponsors; seek out collaborations with existing cooperatives/local food related organizations.

Administrative Tasks

  • Manage and ensure proper functioning of the local food marketplace software.
  • Attend monthly board meetings.
  • Process producer payments weekly. Set up new producers in the LFM software.
  • Improve systems for onboarding new producer members. Provide orientation to new producers and provide training as needed on pricing, uploading photos, and using the software.
  • Perform customer service as needed.

To Learn More.  Visit kitsapfresh.org and localfoodmarketplace.com/kitsapfresh.

How to Apply.  Interested applicants should send a resume and CV to info@kitsapfresh.org by January 15th, 2018.

Kitsap Fresh is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Spend locally and change the world

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Around the Table Farm, Poulsbo

Ask any of our farmers why local farming matters and you’ll probably hear similar themes. “Caring for the land”. “Better, more healthful produce”. “Connection”. You’ll also hear about supporting local.

We are firm believers in the local economy and its power to change the world”. For the Steege-Jackson family, owners of Around the Table Farm in Poulsbo, this is what it’s all about.

The Steege-Jacksons are active in the local agriculture community, internship programs, and helping grow the next generation of farmers. They’ve been farming their 5.5 acre Poulsbo farm since winter solstice of 2010. They utilize draft animals to work the soil to grow a wide range vegetable, flowers and eggs.

Just take a look at their offerings and you can see the dedication and love shine through. Yes, I’ll buy that.

 

Each transaction makes a difference

Activate your membership!
Every time you shop with Kitsap Fresh you are supporting our Kitsap farmers and building a stronger community.

Small businesses are job creators
In 2014, independent businesses created nearly 2 million of the ~3 million private-sector jobs generated, or 2 out of 3 employment opportunities.

Local business creates more jobs than mega retailers.
Spending money locally matters. 14 jobs are created for every $10 million in consumer spending at mega-online retailers. 57 jobs are created for the same amount spent locally.

Plus, it tastes better, looks better, feels better, and IS better!
What are you waiting for? Put your Kitsap Fresh membership to good use and get some love on the table.