Established by the Vermont Grocers' Association (VGA), a non-profit trade association serving the states' food industry in 1934, Vermontfood.net was designed to offer an online presence for not only the many members of the Vermont Grocers' Association and beyond, but more importantly to consumers throughout the state.
Located at 135 Main Street in Rutland, the VGA has grown to include some 740 retail stores and 160 suppliers within the Vermont food industry.
There are so many family markets, general stores, specialty food locations and modern supermarkets in Vermont, vermontfood.net was created in order to assist in connecting state-wide consumers with all the great food resources the state has to offer.
"The web site was launched a few years ago as a way to make it easier for consumers to find stores in different areas of the state," said Jim Harrison, President of the VGA.
The site also includes search options that makes it easier for consumers or visitors to Vermont (location, type of store, etc.) as well a feature that spotlights various food locations throughout the state, such as the Waits River General Store or the Mendon Country Store.
"Many of the stores featured weekly are locally run independent or country stores offering unique shopping experiences," Harrison added.
The web site also features a tool that allows visitors to search within specific markets or food catagories, and is also a great source for finding and ordering a variety of specialty food products.
There is no advertising on the site and listings are offered free of charge to any retail members of the Vermont Grocers Association.
To learn more about the web site or the VGA, visit their web sites at www.vermontcrocers.com and of course, www.Vermontfood.net