“The combined businesses generate tremendous local economic development through raw material sourcing. Their creamery buys its milk from local farms. Some of the grain used by the bakehouse is grown and milled 40 miles away. The Roadhouse purchases whole animals from local ranchers and butchers them in-house. Zingerman’s even partnered with the farm incubator Tilian Farm Development Center to launch the first restaurant-scale community supported agriculture program to procure local produce.
Zingerman’s is a great metaphor for the strengths of the Good Food Movement. The business creates many living-wage jobs and supports a diverse array of sustainable and local farms as well as other food providers. In doing so, it has inspired hundreds of thousands of customers over a period of 31 years to eat tasty, nutritious food that is produced as close to home as possible.”