—a bell rings and everyone must move on to the next person. Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in Alexandria, Virginia, is preparing for its second Farmer-Chef Speed Dating session this fall, after a wildly successful first meeting.Speed dating fits a picky crowd short on time, working crazy hours, and with very specific desires and needs who can’t waste time talking to the wrong person. Upon arrival at local restaurant Birch and Barley, 75 toques and purveyors each received about a half dozen matches based on questionnaires they filled out plus a nametag with icons developed by local-agriculture specialists Greenease representing the items they were buying or selling, from microgreens to chickens to cheese.Good chefs desperately want to use the best product, which is almost always local because it’s fresher and hasn’t traveled as far (I know what I would look like after traveling 3,000 miles by truck).
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So the chef is left pining away for the best asparagus and the farmer is left wishing she could sell the best asparagus.
Arcadia’s Farmer-Chef Speed Dating provides the two players a location to meet, deliberate over growing methods and transportation issues, and discuss guaranteed purchase minimums. In the meantime, this fall’s speed dating is a suitable substitute.