Tahoe Food Hub makes the move to Truckee
The Tahoe Food Hub is ready to set up shop at a new facility at the Truckee Airport, with plans to open its doors to the community on May 28.
“It’s exciting to see these initial dreams coming true,” said Susie Sutphin, director of the Tahoe Food Hub. “We didn’t open with this warehouse, we started with a truck and grew from there.”
The new 4,000-square-foot building at 12116 Chandelle Way will be a sizable upgrade from their former 1,200-square-foot warehouse in Alpine Meadows. Sutphin said the new centralized location in Truckee will allow the Food Hub’s Farm Shop to be open more often offering better access to local food for North Lake Tahoe residents and businesses. The new hours will run 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Through farm dinner fundraisers, grants, private donations and an online crowdfunding campaign the non profit organization raised over $80,000 to fund the renovation of the warehouse.
“We’ve always said it takes a community to build a food system,” said Sutphin. “This is definitely a demonstration of that. There’s the passion and interest in the community; we have a support network.”
Sutphin said various business donated their time to help with the build out of the new facility. These included Kelly Brothers Painting, MWA Architects, Bassets Flooring, Nevada Western Supply, Truckee Tahoe Lumber, Summit Refrigeration, Rice Team Mortgage, Dan Goddard Construction and New Moon Natural Foods.
However, Supton said they have a $30,000 funding gap they’re looking to fill to finish renovations. While they plan on hosting more fundraising events she said she hopes a lot of the funding will be raised from personal donors.
HARVEST TO ORDER
For the past five years the Tahoe Food Hub has worked to create a network of regional farms around North Lake Tahoe connecting them to restaurants, small grocers, schools and hospitals. By creating a local food system they hope to address challenges in local food access as well as the needs of local family farms looking for fair market opportunities, according to their website.
The Farm Shop will now offer local produce from 40 farms and ranches within 150 miles of North Lake Tahoe. The Food Hub will also be launching its Harvest-to-Order program, an online farmers’ market which allows customers to shop online and pick up their customized food box.
For those interested in donating to the food hub visit taheofoodhub.org.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-2652.