On this episode of The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks talks with Jay Reville of Regional Access. Regional Access is a company dedicated to transporting and distributing local meat, dairy, produce, and wine all across New York state. Tune in to hear about the origins of Regional Access and its founder, Gary Redmond. Also, learn about the day-to-day workings of the company, including cold-chain considerations and how the distribution routes operate and intersect. Jay speaks about Regional Access's expansion into Brooklyn, and what that means for food-conscious city dwellers. This episode is brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
"We get direct inquiries from farms who want to sell their products through us in a direct wholesale manner, and then there are items where we have learned through experience that we can provide a better service by just providing transportation and logistical coordination of often difficult point A to point B arrangements... We are part of a logistical chain that gets direct sales from farmers and growers to consumers."
"I think the key to our success is that we haven't had top-down management throughout most of our history, and the flexibility that goes along with that is the real strength."
"I don't think there's enough money in the new economy to keep the [wholesale model] going, and I can see what we're doing as a harbinger of what more people are going to be doing in the future."
-- Jay Reville on The Farm Report