Local Food Sourcing
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) Food and Beverage staff pride themselves on supporting the farm-to-table movement and minimizing the distance between harvesting and consumption - primarily by limiting food processing, packaging, storage and distribution steps.Food Service Director Jay Brewer has developed a proprietary grading system of more than a dozen different factors to choose their food vendors, including not only food quality, food cost and supply reliability, but also production location within 500 miles and environmental sustainability demonstrated by organic certification.
One result of the grading system has been limiting fish purchases to fresh and wild types approved as "sustainable seafood" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Another result has been that more than 10% of JHMR's annual half-million dollar food budget goes to local vendors. With a growing local farmers market and the development of a vertical harvest greenhouse in the town of Jackson, the percent of the annual food budget going to local vendors could double in the next few years.
In addition to donating, we have formed a partnership with Vertical Harvest that brings in their great locally grown produce that we serve at food and beverage locations across the resort.
Fewer food miles may not always translate into lower greenhouse gas emissions, since local transportation inefficiencies and lower local agricultural productivity may cancel out emission savings from averted long-distance transportation; however, the use of local foods encourages regional self-reliance, promotes the Wyoming agricultural heritage and allows for creative seasonal menus using the freshest ingredients.