Cape Breton Food Hub finishes first season of deliveries

The hub was formed last fall and launched its distribution network over the summer. It has collected products from more than 25 producers in Cape Breton and shipped it to 50 household customers.

Hub collected food from 25 producers and shipped it to 10 restaurants and 50 customers

Hub coordinator Alicia Lake at the drop-off site at the North Sydney exhibition grounds. (Holly Conners/CBC)

The Cape Breton Food Hub has wrapped up its first season of local food deliveries.

The hub was formed last fall. It connects fresh food from local producers to Cape Bretoners. 

Through good and bad weather, the hub has collected products from more than 25 producers in Cape Breton and shipped it to 50 household customers in the municipality, and 10 restaurants.

"We had gross sales of over $38,000 for this year, which I think is tremendous," said Alicia Lake, co-ordinator.

"What that tells us is that puts over $30,000 in the pockets of local producers here in Cape Breton through the operations of the food hub and without that that money would have left our area, right? So I think that's extremely significant for our first year." 

But with all that success comes some lessons learns, Lake says.

"For example, we didn't know that people take so much vacation in the summer. So, every week not all of our customers order. So our intention is next year we'll probably double the number of customers that we have."

Customer Laurie Tynski says she's been spreading the word about the hub.

"My husband would say it's making me cook a little bit more," she said.