How it Works
Save your precious time and increase your sales over the longterm!
Access to our powerful online ordering software, Local Food Marketplace.
Delivery and distribution services-- you only have to drop off to our central warehouse once a week!
Marketing services which include targeted advertisements and marketing to buyers via newsletters, ads and social media.
Our sales services which includes dedicated, ongoing sales relationship building to wholesale buyers.
A sales report and pick list each week, sent to you weekly of the products purchased from you.
Opportunities to plan production and coordinate city delivery with other Food Hub Suppliers.
Payments sent to you bi-weekly.
Membership in Fireweed Food Co-op (Food Hub only purchases from Producer Members), which also grants you the opportunity to:
Participate, vote or run as a board member at our annual general meetings.
Participate in Food Hub policy feedback opportunities.
Become a weekly vendor at the South Osborne Farmers’ Market with a discount on tent rentals at the market (subject to availability).
Become a Producer Member of our Co-op and go through the Supplier On-Boarding Process (more information below).
Every Thursday, post/update your products and inventory to our online sales platform.
Restaurant and retail wholesale buyers place orders from you through the Food Hub Friday-Monday at noon.
We send you a sales report and pick list as soon as ordering closes, and you deliver them to the Warehouse, 1338a Clifton Street in Winnipeg either on Monday evening or Tuesday during the day.
The Food Hub packs and delivers your products to buyers on Wednesdays.
FOOD HUB PILOT YEAR
Watch a recording of our Food Hub Info Session Webinar, detailing information relevant for farmers and food producers interested in being involved in the Food Hub next year. This event was held on Oct 7, 2020.
Or, Download a copy of the Info Session presentation.
Food Hub Supplier FAQs
How does the Food Hub sell my products?
The Food Hub provides an online storefront on which you have your own producer profile and product listings available. Customers place orders from you but the payment is processed through the Food Hub, with our markup added.
What kinds of markup does the Food Hub take?
The Food Hub will take a standard 12% markup on retail (grocery) sales, and 25% on wholesale (restaurant) sales. We will offer lower markups for non-profits on a case by case basis, so let us know if you prefer for your product not to be listed at a lower markup.
How does pricing work?
Until farmer producer members of the co-op decide to work towards cooperatively set pricing across the Food Hub, we are allowing individual producers to set their own prices for their products.
What is the weekly ordering/ delivery cycle?
The Food Hub operates on a weekly Thursday-Thursday sales period.
Where do I deliver my product?
You will deliver to our Food Hub warehouse, 1338a Clifton street. Our entrance is at the REAR of the building, and we have a loading bay.
How should I pack my products for delivery to the Food Hub?
Please refer to the Supplier Manual for detailed packaging and labelling guidelines!
When and how do I add products and list their availability for sale?
Every week when our new period begins on Thursday at 12:00am, you can update/ change your product availability, before customer ordering opens at 12:00am on Friday.
By joining the Food Hub am I committing to any quotas?
Not at the moment, no. In our pilot year we are dedicating ourselves towards learning what works best for you as well as for our customers. Simply join, and list whatever you have surplus!
I lost the link! How do I login to my producer profile?
Do not fear!
Fireweed Food Hub Supplier
Become a Producer Member of Fireweed Food Co-op (if you are not already) by paying our yearly membership fee of $45, online here. Memberships are valid per calendar year (ie. 2019, 2020).
Complete the Online Supplier Application form, here.
(Note: this form asks for you to upload certain files, including photos of your farm for promotional purposes, and copies of your business insurance and production method certifications if applicable. If you prefer, you can email these to at a later date)
Familiarize yourself and comply with current local, provincial and federal food safety requirements for the product categories you supply.
Read the Producer Guide for our online food hub software, Local Food Marketplace, here.
Set up your profile on Local Food Marketplace by visiting https://fireweedfoodcoop.localfoodmarketplace.com, clicking Producer Login, and begin adding products for sale!