Foodstalk, a multi-platorm event, is a way to come together and talk about locally grown food.
Who we are
Foodstalk was founded by Tyler Mintz in 2010. Farming has run in the Mintz family for four generations starting with his great grandmother, Barbra, from Hungary. In the early 70s Tyler’s father, Andrew, worked as an Agricultural Extension Agent in cocoa production in Colombia. When he returned to the States, Andrew started to farm organically on his own gentleman’s farm, before organic was “cool.” On land once used as an apple storage facility, the Mintz family farm was home to the community’s “u-pick” raspberry patch among other vegetables, honey bees and some livestock like chickens, ducks and goats.
Growing up, Tyler was surrounded by small-scale agriculture and livestock. His childhood was full of picking berries, making and jarring tomato sauce, getting eggs from the hen house, feeding animals and watering crops. From ages 12 to 17 Tyler was sent to live with his grandparents every summer to work at the family bakery, The Nantucket Bakeshop. There he sliced thousands of loaves of bread while working side by side with three generations of his family. Of the many Mintz family rules, two stood out and heavily influenced Tyler’s attitude toward food: “Make sure to be home for dinner,” & “You have to try every food at least once.”
When Tyler moved to an urban environment in 2001, he realized not everyone grew up eating home-grown food for dinner. People in Brooklyn weren’t going to their backyard to fetch the eggs for breakfast. Baffled by the distant relationship between people and their food in NYC, Tyler founded Foodstalk.
What we do
Foodstalk hopes to engage people’s interest in knowing about the food they eat, the land from which it comes and the people that grow it through campaigns. Foodstalk functions as a resource online, to help people find locally grown food, artisanal food makers and restaurants that use local ingredients. Foodstalk aims to promote the business of local food makers through small events where they can share their stories and put a face to the farmers behind the food. Ultimately, Foodstalk wants people to understand the importance and value of locally grown food.
Our campaigns help to increase people’s understanding of locally grown foods. They are an entry point, a way to promote the site and establish a presence. The campaigns are not a call to action. We author campaigns that we feel can make a real difference. Our posters, flyers and ads engage people on an emotional level and promote awareness about locally grown food.
The website was developed as a tool for people to locate locally grown and artisanal made foods. Whether it be locating a restaurant with a chef that uses locally grown food, finding a farmers market or joining a CSA (community supported agriculture), Foodstalk.org aims to be an abundant resource for people who wish to support or try out local agriculture! The site also acts as a hub for news and stories about locally grown food.
Through collaboration and with continued help from sponsors, Foodstalk seeks to produce events that are as impactful as possible. We host events that are engaging and informative and still entertaining. We provide fresh food at our events to immediately connect people’s taste buds to the goodness of fresh, in-season foods. The events are small enough for micro-communities to come together and talk about locally grown food.