The Eat Healthy Mississippi Initiative has gained national attention. This Initiative provides an incredible opportunity for you to not only get your fresh produce and other goods into local restaurants; it also provides you with an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships with chefs. If you have not already, please let the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) know that you are willing and interested to work with local chefs and sell your products to them. It is easy to do. Just complete the Notice of Grower Intent (see attachment) and return to the MHRA at the email or fax listed at the bottom of the form. The MHRA has been working diligently with restaurants to let them know of opportunities to buy direct from growers just like you. Restaurants are looking for growers so need growers to sign up! This is an opportunity that you will not want to miss.
To learn more about Eat Healthy Mississippi, visit http://eathealthyms.com or attend one of the meetings at the following locations where you will also have an opportunity to meet some restaurant owners in your area. Please RSVP to Grady Griffin at 800-898-0343/601-420-4210 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Starkville– February 13th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., The Veranda, 208 Lincoln Green
Oxford– February 15th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Boure’, 110 Courthouse Square
Tupelo– February 16th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Tupelo CVB, 399 East Main St.
Gulfport– February 20th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Knight Non-Profit Center, 11975 Seaway Rd.
Hattiesburg– February 21st- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza
Also, don’t forget to register your farm/products Mississippi Market Maker: http://ms.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39201
P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215-1609
Phone: (601) 359-1163
Fax: (601) 354-6001