Tahoe Weekly magazine, September 2, 2015– Susie Sutphin is one busy woman. When I arrived to meet her she was juggling the phone, trying to locate Zephyr Squash from a farmer, preparing for her Thursday deliveries and labeling produce in the recently opened Tahoe Food Hub storefront on Alpine Meadows Road.
The Tahoe Food Hub was born three years ago when Sutphin’s vision to help people gain access to high quality food while helping local farmers get a fair market price for their produce and meats became a reality. Sutphin, a 15-year-resident of Truckee, has had an impressive career, from her time with Couloir Magazine and Patagonia Clothing to eventually working with the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival where she ran its national tour. The films inspired her to explore building a smarter and more equitable food system.
“I just jumped in and did it. I thought I can do this,” Sutphin explains about starting the Food Hub. “I decided I go for it and figure it out from there.”
The Tahoe Food Hub works to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. Eighty percent of the Tahoe Food Hub’s business is supplying local restaurants with fresh produce, as well as local schools and Tahoe Forest Hospital. Sutphin picks up fresh produce every Monday and Thursday and delivers it the following day. The farmers pick their produce to order insuring absolute freshness. This is why many of the Tahoe chefs use the Tahoe Food Hub for their cuisine. Read the entire article online at Tahoe Weekly magazine.