#GrowQuince is an effort to gather, crowd-source, and disseminate info on growing quince in New England. In its first phase, the initiative accomplished quite a bit and produced a set of new valuable resources - all of which are accessible via this site's #GrowQuince page.
Vermont Quince is grateful for the financial support of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food.
Like every other specialty food producer, Vermont Quince was impacted by the coronavirus in several ways including sourcing, production, product development, sales, marketing, and financing. Here's how we responded.
Sustainability has been part of Vermont Quince's social mission since our 2012 business formation. Basically, our growth strategy has been to develop channels to get quince to New Englanders in the form of a line of condiments and preserves featuring locally grown quince. In 2019, 95% of Vermont Quince's sales were to customers within 150 miles of where the quince was grown.
We'll say more about this over time. Meanwhile, we welcome learning about YOUR sustainability-related efforts!
The very best part of running a small Vermont food business are the critical relationships formed as the company grows. These working partnerships take many forms and involve activities ranging from production, sales, and plain old consultation...
...Anyway, you probably get the idea about how much we value each and every "partner" in this effort. We'll no doubt be sharing more about this in the future. These relationships truly represent Vermont Quince's lifeblood.