Who We Are

Since its inception in 1978, Black River Produce’s focus has been distributing quality locally grown product throughout New England. We partner with over 600 growers and producers with a team of over 200 employees. We take pride in the underlying, but central role, we play as the fresh connection between regional producers and our over 3,000 wholesale customers. We’ve grown considerably since our early days, but we’re still driven by the things that mattered to us then—our family of employees, the greater community, and environmental stewardship.

Black River Produce offers a fast-paced environment.

We employ people who are ready to tackle new challenges and problem solve as a team.

Locally-minded, people-centered through sustainable and fair employment and sourcing practices

  • We seek to lead in our example as an outstanding, community-oriented, Vermont company

  • Source from local, regional, and global suppliers to provide exceptional quality, value, and service to our customers

  • Committed to investing in green solutions and energy-conscious improvements to reduce our energy consumption

Learn how two ski bums went from selling produce out of a van to leading New England’s premier regional food supplier.

  • Founded in Ludlow, VT in 1978 by Steve Birge and Mark Curran to supply quality, fresh fruits and vegetables to local restaurants

  • Moved to 65,000-square foot facility in North Springfield, VT in 2005 to accommodate our expanding product line, including seafood and florals.

  • Transformed an abandoned Ben & Jerry’s plant into a state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot meat processing facility providing market opportunities for Vermont farmers in 2014