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Freezing to extend the season. FROZEN. The Western MA Food Processing Center Complete Solutions for Food Entrepreneurs. The FPC offers training and facilities for entrepreneurs who want to create their own product, and co-pack options for those who want the FPC to do the processing for them.

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freezing to extend the season
Freezing to extend the season

FROZEN

Farm to School 2014 Frozen

the western ma food processing center complete solutions for food entrepreneurs
The Western MA Food Processing CenterComplete Solutions for Food Entrepreneurs

The FPC offers training and facilities for entrepreneurs who want to create their own product, and co-pack options for those who want the FPC to do the processing for them.

Processes raw ingredients from local farms to create value-added products.

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processing equipment
Processing Equipment

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200 gallons of tomatoes boiling in kettles
200 gallons of tomatoes boiling in kettles

Production Manager cooking apple sauce

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freezing process
Freezing Process
  • Growers
  • Inspection
  • Washing
  • Dicing/slicing
  • Blanching
  • Shocking / Drying
  • Freezing (Blast, IQF)
  • Packing (Vacuum sealed, boxed)
  • Storage - cooler/freezer/dry capacity
  • Distribution
  • Eaters

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Our Farms and Farmers

Joe Czajkowski’s carrot fields

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j j zgrodnik s broccoli fields
J.J. Zgrodnik’s Broccoli fields

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Non binding,

Working agreement with Farmers

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broccoli delivered to fpc in re usable containers 500 lbs each
Broccoli delivered to FPC in re-usable containers.500 lbs each

How can farmers get in to us?

  • Quality
  • Quantity
  • Delivery method
  • Timing
  • Size, shape, color

Tomatoes in back of truck

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It’s all about efficiency

  • Processing Equipment
  • Storage space
  • Operating Procedures
  • HACCP
  • Management, Staff
  • Facility
  • Maintenance & Repairs

Cut and de-seeded peppers

Steaming 80 lbs of carrots

Vacuum sealing 2 - 5 lbs bags of peppers

Speed rack for quick freezing

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How schools/institutions want it?

  • Size, Weight, Shape,
  • Delivery method

5lbs bags of broccoli, 4 bags to a case

20 lbs boxes of frozen produce in freezer

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How do Schools use it?

Today’s Locally Grown Menu Item

Vegetable Frittata

With Locally Grown Broccoli

Czajkowski Farm,

Hadley, MA

Notice to Students

Notice to Dining Service Staff

Label on box

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More Efficient Equipment

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Expanded Cold Storage Space

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thank you and eat well
Thank you!and Eat Well!

Contact information:

Franklin County CDC

Western MA Food Processing Center www.fccdc.org

(413) 774-7204, ext. 102

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