"We serve as a conduit for pertinent information to members, access to industry trade shows and events, educational opportunities and member-to-member networking," Harrison said. "VSFA also maintains a web site and directory with listings of each member producer that is passed out at industry shows, sent to retailers and also distributed by the state."
The VSMA also provides an excellent vehicle in becoming connected with a knowledgeable network of fellow Vermont food producers, who all share the same goal of promoting and growing the overall Vermont specialty food sector.
They also strive to support family-owned farms and to promote healthy, natural food products which of course, Vermont has always been well-known for.
Some of the membership benefits include an associate membership in the Vermont Grocer's Association which offers such programs as insurance, credit card processing programs, a subscription to the informative VSFA newsletter Shelftalk, educational seminars, representation at industry trade shows and business listings on the VSFA web site and source book. Also for a limited time, VSFA is offering new members a 50% discount on applicable dues for the balance of the 2009 membership.
Along with assisting in these various food shows, the VSFA also continues to search out other ways to help its' members.
"We continue to explore avenues and services to assist our members including improvements to our web site and possibly the use of new medias," Harrison concluded.
"VSFA members are dedicated to producing great food products. It is a joy to work with and see small producers grow from an idea in the kitchen, to getting their product on the selves and widely distributed."
To learn more about the Vermont Specialty Food Association and its' services, call 802-775-5460 or visit VSFA online at www.vtspecialtyfoods.org.