All Processing Rooms are Available for Booking!

To access or use the various rooms in the OAFVC, please contact us by registering for the website and booking the required area through the facility schedule.

Please note - in order to do your own processing you must have an up-to-date Food Safety - Food Handler Course certificate. Please present your certificate to the OAFVC before entering the processing area. Labour fees may apply for any processing done by OAFVC employees.

Fruit and Vegetable Processing

Our fruit and vegetable processing area is available for clients looking to wash, sanitize, hull, slice, dice, press, or dehydrate produce. The fruit and vegetable processing room is available for a half-day rate of $150.00 and a full-day rate of $240.00.

Commercial Kitchen

Our commercial kitchen is now open for use as of December 1, 2015. This room is available for clients looking to use a gas-range stove, double convection ovens, tilt skillet or tilt kettles, and a flash freezer. The room is available for a half-day rate of $150.00 and a full-day rate of $240.00.

Packaging

Our packaging area is open for use. This room is available for clients looking to use vacuum packaging, Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), tamper-evident seals, heat-sealed pouches, and more. The room is available for a half-day rate of $100.00 and a full-day rate of $180.00.

Frozen Storage

Frozen storage at our centre runs at a temperature of -18C (0F) with a limit of 65 pallets in the freezer area. The freezer is available at a cost of $40.00/pallet per month!

Cold Storage

Cold storage at our centre runs at a temperature of 3C to 6C (38F to 42F) and has a limit of 30 pallets in the cold-storage area. The cold-storage space is available at a cost of $40.00/pallet per month!

Dry Storage

Our dry storage is located in the main open area of our facility where large shelving for skids is available. Access to this storage space to bring in or retrieve your products is available within 48-hours notice. The cost for dry storage at the OAFVC is $30.00/pallet per month. 

Tempering Storage

The product-controlled tempering room can thaw frozen product by increasing frozen temperatures to the melting (or unfrozen) point and bring product from room temperature down to the frozen point. While we also have the technology to freeze with our nitrogen blast freezer, the tempering process is done much slower to preserve certain product quality and minimize microbial growth. The tempering room can run from 0F to 70F or -18C to 21C and can run over a varied period of time - determined by product, size, and weight. The maximum limit for our tempering room is 12 pallets and will be limited to one client at a time.

We hope to hear from you all soon!

The OAFVC Team

Buy Local Northumberland!

Buy Local Campaign in Northumberland County

The Prosper in Northumberland (PIN) Committee, which is made up of business owners, community groups, media personnel, and local-government staff, have come together to go one step beyond their normal semi-annual speaker events. This year, the PIN Committee has created a wonderful Buy Local Campaign centered in Northumberland County. 

Northumberland-County-Buy-Local-logo_col_smThe Buy Local Campaign is designed to effect change in the habits of both consumers and businesses by increasing awareness among local residents and increasing their spending on goods and services available in the community. For the purposes of their campaign, they define local as "a person, business or organization that provides products or services and operates a valid business within Northumberland County."

The main aims of the campaign are to:

1. demonstrate awareness of the Buy Local Campaign key messaging to 1 in 5 (20%) of people surveyed within 1 year of the launch of the campaign.

2. enlist (and challenge) 5,000 citizens to redirect their goods and services spending, currently made outside of the community, to Northumberland County by an average of $25.00/month (equalling $300.00/year).

Why Buy Local?

Take The Challenge

'Buy Local' is a movement to educate residents about the positive impacts of buying locally. When residents buy locally, as well as use available local services, Northumberland businesses are then able to flow these dollars back into the local economy through their staff payrolls, inventory and service purchases, and taxes. As a result, more money is allocated for municipal services such as the library, emergency responders, transportation, recreational programs, and overall job creation. Ultimately, the circle of support reinvigorates the entire community.

Help start the trend of buying local in Northumberland County by pledging to redirect a minimum of $25.00/month of your current spending that is made outside of Northumberland County back into the community while encouraging others to do the same. By doing so, you are supporting local jobs, promoting broader diversity in products available, supporting local community groups, and investing in the overall development of your community.

The OAFVC is a proud supporter of local businesses and spending within the community. We encourage everyone who is interested to learn a little more about the Buy Local Campaign by visiting http://prosper-in-northumberland.ca/buynorthumberland/ 

Tour of the OAFVC

The OAFVC is open to the public for tours every month

Please note that guests of tours may be required to wear sanitary clothing.
Please come to the tour that you have booked in clean street clothing and clean, closed-toe shoes (clean steel-toe boots, if possible).
The OAFVC will provide the sanitary gear to put on over your clean street clothing, if it is required (note: sanitary gear is a full body suit - please dress accordingly). 

The following are the dates and times for OAFVC tours in 2016:

- Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m

Please Book a Tour through our website and we will get back to you with a confirmation of your spot.

Thank you,

The OAFVC Team