Welcome to Spring and FoodLink – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Welcome to Spring and FoodLink

I know as producers of some of the finest fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers in Indiana no one is more excited to welcome Spring and a new market year than YOU!

Whether or not you have used FoodLink in the past as a way to increase consumer knowledge of and interest in your products we wanted to make sure that you have full access to FoodLink resources. We want to give you the resources to reach more customers and bring them to your food and continue to return.  You can order more resources from the Ed Store to help you in your marketing efforts or print items off using our PDF resources.

FoodLink resources ae FREE to use and are waiting only for your innovative application in your displays, marketing materials, promotional ads (traditional media OR better…SOCIAL MEDIA) and packaging materials.

Be on the lookout for upcoming social media posts that are rolling out starting this month of April. We are working with a firm in Michigan (Digital Mitten) to create a series of Social media posts to encourage folks to use fresh local produce… please encourage folks to like and follow us on Facebook so they will see these posts. We will let enrollees know in advance what is to be posted and when each month… https://www.facebook.com/purduefoodlink/

Just quickly to say that we have cleaned up the FoodLink site a bit…

  • Added some new content
  • Added some new tabs
  • Aggregated all of the videos in one place for easy access
  • Added the entire recipe book with some modification
  • Updated the market locator (please check to make sure your information is correct!)
  • Added Papaws, maple syrup and persimmons

Additionally we have also now added over 60 recipe/ crop cards that can be printed on demand for use in on site educational programs, at Farmers markets, in community gardens etc… They are available in THREE formats… 1 per page … 2 per page and 4 per page… front and back… the smaller format may be most useful as a shopping bag stuffer at the market…

These cards will only be available in a print on demand format but could be printed on card stock and or laminated for different applications… perhaps issue them as trading cards and have folks collect them all for a prize at the end of the growing season or use them in your corn maze!!

Card can be accessed here:

https://extension.purdue.edu/foodlink/producers_print_cards.php

Some suggested uses:

  • Seasonal produce displays at markets
  • Handouts and signage at food pantries distributing fresh produce
  • Signage at community gardens
  • Handout for educators to emphasize the connection between food preparation and fresh seasonal produce

We are still happy for new users to enroll in FoodLink (no cost) and we will keep them in the loop with newsletters as the season progresses…enroll here… https://extension.purdue.edu/foodlink/enrollment.php

Tell us how you use FoodLink and send us pictures and we will share on the Facebook!

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