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We are Nebraska's trusted guide to local food.

For 15 years, we have been the go-to resource for Nebraskans wanting to connect with farmers, farm-to-table restaurants, and food artisans.  We expand market reach for our members through our Nebraska Food Guide, website, social media marketing campaigns, and events that showcase local foods. We promote our members, but we also educate. By raising awareness of the importance of locally-grown foods, we support each other as we work together puting wholesome foods on Nebraskan tables.

You be the farmer, the chef, the artisan. We do the marketing.

We know that time is a precious resource. You have a craft, a skill, a passion.  We want you to keep growing that amazing arugula, making raspberry jam, and baking artisan bread.  Here at Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska, we focus on marketing and promotion so you can keep doing more of what you love.

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We have two types of membership levels so you can choose what works best for you: our all-inclusive membership and our online only membership.

All-Inclusive Member Benefits (Printed + Online Listing & More!)

  • *Listing in the printed Nebraska Food Guide
  • *Laminated BFBLN certificate
  • *Point of Purchase cards for market stand or farm store
  • *Featured Member article online + featured member social media promotion
  • Discount on advertisements for printed food guide
  • Use of BFBLN logos & branding
  • Listing in BFBLN online food guide
  • Listing in BFBLN Local Food Map
  • Promotion in statewide marketing campaigns
  • Inclusion in our members only listserv
  • Inclusion in BFBLN local food events

Online Listing Only Member Benefits

  • Use of BFBLN logos & branding
  • Listing in BFBLN online food guide
  • Listing in BFBLN Local Food Map
  • Promotion in statewide marketing campaigns
  • Inclusion in our members only listserv
  • Inclusion in BFBLN local food events

Annual member dues help us print our annual food guide, host local food events, and expand programming.  We want our membership to feel engaged to help drive the organization, create change in our local food system, and tell others what membership means to them. 

Membership Criteria

Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska seeks to increase consumer confidence in local food promotions as well as increase awareness of the importance of Nebraska-grown foods & goods.  To be a trusted brand and transparent source of local food information, we have the following membership requirements of participating producers and businesses.

  • All members must sell locally-grown products within Nebraska borders and meet the member type specific criteria (farmer/rancher, business, farmers' market) outlined in the table below.
  • Participate in an annual survey measuring the impact of the program.
  • Utilize brand materials for a period of 12 months only.  If membership is not renewed, or if a member is removed or voluntarily withdraws from the program, the member agrees to discontinue all use of brand graphics and language.
  • Create a business profile for the website and/or printed food guide
Membership Type Definition BFBLN Requirements
Farmer/Rancher Operators who grow or raise food or other agricultural products (fiber, nursery plants, Christmas trees, etc.) for sale to the public including Family Farms, Orchards, Apiaries, CSAs, Farm Stands, U-Pick. Farming practices listed in your profile must be truthful and transparent. We welcome all farmers & ranchers selling locally-grown products.  If the farm also retails non-locally produced items, those items must be properly labeled.
Farmers Markets A physical space that operates during a specific day and time where farmers and vendors sell food products & other items directly to consumers. A minimum of two local farms attend and sell at your market.
Restaurants & Caterers (Business Membership) Restaurants, caterers, and personal chefs that commit to providing their customers with locally-grown foods. Must regularly purchase from and promote at least one local farm.  Must be working to increase use of local food ingredients.
Artisan Food Producers (Business Membership) Businesses that use locally-grown ingredients to create new products like jams, jellies, breads, and baked/prepared goods, cured meats, fermented vegetables, etc.  A primary ingredient in the product (i.e. apples in applesauce or oats in oatmeal cookies) must be a locally-grown product.  Must regularly purchase from and promote at least one local farm.
Grocers & Retailers (Business Membership) Grocery stores, co-ops, butcher shops, markets, and stores that commit to buying and stocking their shelves with locally-grown products. Must regularly purchase from and promote at least three local farms.
Specialty Beverage Producers (Business Membership) Businesses that use locally-grown ingredients like grapes, hops, or apples for wine, beer, cider, kombucha, or spirits. Must raise your own grapes, hops, grain or fruit or regularly purchase from and promote at least one local farm.

A member may withdraw from the program voluntarily at any time by providing written notice to BFBL Nebraska. BFBLN may, at its discretion, remove a member who fails to honor this agreement.  In either case, the member is not entitled to any refund of fees.

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Important Documents

BFBLN gave us the opportunity to connect with a large group of people who were interested in the products we offer. They organized our farm tour which allowed our customers and community to see the quality and care we put into our products. Ash Gordon Nebraska Mushroom, LLC