What Is Food Hub?
MVAC Food Hub
MVAC Food Hub is Southern Minnesota’s first and only non-profit local foods distributor. We are dedicated to developing new markets for locally grown foods in Southern Minnesota. MVAC Food Hub purchases fresh vegetables from local farmers and then we wash, pack and process the fresh veggies for a variety of consumers in our area.
We’re working with many small-farm families to make fresh, healthy, locally grown food readily available across southern Minnesota.
Much of our food finds a home at several area schools and institutions, but you don’t have to be a large wholesale buyer to enjoy our fresh vegetables. Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program makes shopping for fresh vegetables easy! You pay a low subscription fee, and every week during the growing season you’ll receive a box filled with a healthy mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, whatever is in season on local farms. Visit the Food Hub Store.
SNAP recipients can also take advantage of the Food Hub. Learn more.
MVAC takes an entrepreneurial approach to maximize its impact in the region. Our new food hub is the latest example. The food hub creates new jobs, helps local small-farm families (one quarter of which are low-income) increase their sales, and provides additional support for the local economy.
Before the food hub, when local institutions purchased food, most of the money flowed to large corporations outside of Minnesota. The food hub instead directs those dollars to local small-farm families, who shop in our communities, send kids to our schools and pay state and local taxes.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: We purchase all of our produce from Minnesota farmers. Currently we are sourcing nearly all of our vegetables within 50 miles of Mankato. We occasionally go a bit further out.
A: No, you can pay for your CSA share in 4 installments. You can pay online or in person by cash, credit card or check.
A: Sorry, we don’t offer substitution of items in our CSA.
A: You can either have a friend pick up your box, make arrangements to pick up your box later, or you can designate the box you missed to be donated to a local food shelf.
A: No, but many of our growers use organic practices on their farms. We do encourage our producers to use sustainable farming practices and to be good stewards of the land. We hope that by developing new markets for locally grown foods, we will be encouraging sustainable diversification in crops and growing methods in our region.