Blue Ridge Food Ventures
Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a shared-use, value added food processing center that serves farmers, food entrepreneurs and makers of natural products and dietary supplements throughout Western North Carolina. It provides services to those wishing to start or grow small businesses in the artisan food or natural products categories, to local farmers who wish to add value to their products through processing, and to caterers and bakers needing to work in an inspected kitchen. At BRFV, entrepreneurs and farmers can find the equipment needed to make their products, assistance in product and packaging design, marketing support, and training in safety and sanitation. Products made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures are available throughout western North Carolina at such stores as Greenlife Grocery, Earth Fare, the West Village Market & Deli, and the Asheville Visitor Center at the Chamber of Commerce. BRFV also operates Winter Sun Farms, a winter CSA of frozen local fruits and vegetables during the winter months of December through March.