We thank our Affiliate Partners for their support of the Vermont Fresh Network throughout the year - they help make our work possible. Below is a little bit more about each of them:
Community National Bank - As a longstanding institution in the state of Vermont, Community National Bank has a long history of supporting community development efforts throughout Vermont, and was ranked the number one bank in Vermont by Forbes in 2022. They’ve won several awards for their involvement in and support of Vermont communities, including the Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2002, the USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year Award in 2005-2006, and the Vermont SBA Third Party Lender of the Year Award in 2013. Known as “Vermont’s Community Bank,” Community National Bank was founded in 1851 in Derby Line, VT and now has 12 retail locations throughout Orleans, Essex, Caledonia, Washington, Franklin and Lamoille counties, as well as loan production offices in Chittenden County and in Grafton County, NH.
Farrell Distributing - Founded in 1933 they are a 3rd generation family business with a core focus on Quality, Service, and Community. Central to Farrell's philosophy is that they are here to serve the Vermont consumer, their retailers, and their supplier partners. They count on every member of their team to support this mission and to be the embodiment of our philosophy. Farrell Distributing leads by being entrepreneurial, independent, and innovative in all we do.
Foley Services - Foley Services is one of the oldest family-run linen operations in the nation, in business for more than 125 years. They provide a range of textile rentals, including linen and uniforms, offer a laundry service, and offer mat cleaning and dust control. They are longtime supporters of community projects in Rutland and throughout the state.
Sodexo's Vermont First - In 2014, Sodexo launched Vermont First, a first of its kind program committing Sodexo to increase local purchasing across its Vermont institutional markets. Through Vermont First, Sodexo aims to grow inclusive market opportunities for local producers, build an environmentally sustainable food system, and support employee engagement in this work. Vermont First has been recognized as a best practice in farm to institution work for its transparent, rigorous tracking system and strategic alignment of institutional purchasing needs with local supply.