All Vermont Fresh Network chefs have to know their farmers and serve products from Vermont, but there are some chefs whose commitment to Vermont-grown products is exceptional. The Gold Barn Honor gives VFN a chance to acknowledge these chefs.
Gold Barn Chefs are the top 25% of our membership in terms of the number of Vermont farmers they partner with, the diversity of Vermont ingredients that they use and the volume of Vermont products they purchase. It is an inspiring group and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.
Criteria are set by reviewing the previous year's member purchasing patterns and selecting thresholds for the top purchasers. In 2021, each Gold Barn Chef will meet both of the following requirements:
- Source ingredients from at least 15 individual farm partners, 10 of whom are Vermont Fresh Network farmers.
- Purchase 35% or more of annual food expenditures from local farmers and food producers, or purchase over $350,000 of locally grown /raised food products annually.
We accept Vermont plus 30 miles for the location of local farms.
And look for this logo when you dine: