The Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Inc. is ready to start helping Ag-food businesses throughout the Valley. We offer many ways to help your food production business grow and thrive. Please check out our FAQ below for more details. You’ll also see a map to our location, and images of our facility. If you’d like more information, please use the form at the bottom of this page to connect with us today!
The Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub is here to help local farmers and food producers add value to their products, leading to a more resilient food system in BC.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub?
The FVAFH is a shared use commercial kitchen that is available for rent by food businesses, such as caterers, food trucks, and small-scale food producers. We provide a space for food businesses to prepare and store their products in a space approved by Fraser Health Authority. The shared nature of the kitchen allows multiple businesses to use the space, reducing the cost and burden of maintaining their own commercial kitchens. Additionally, we provide access to equipment and resources that individual businesses may not be able to afford on their own. We hope that we can play an important role in supporting and fostering the growth of local small food businesses.
What can I make at the Food Hub?
Whatever you’d like as long as we have the space that is right for your operation and you can achieve approval from the health authorities.
Where are you?
We are located in Abbotsford at 2570 Cyril Street near the downtown core.
Why join a community kitchen?
We offer a different route to growing a food business. We’ve already covered the costs of the building, the cold storage, and the large appliances and so you can save some money and focus it on your business’s growth.
How do I book a tour?
Please fill out an application at https://fv.commissaryconnect.com/forms/application-form and we can get in contact with you to arrange a tour and discuss how to best fit your business in with us.
What kind of food vendors operate at Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub?
We have space for anyone looking to run a food business. Whether that be someone making a product for retail or market sale, made to order food, a catering business, or a food truck that needs a base to operate out of.
What paperwork do I need?
- You will need to register with the city of Abbotsford at https://www.abbotsford.ca/business-development/business-licences/application
- You will need approval from Fraser Health of your food safety and sanitation plans. https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/food-safety/requirements-for-food-businesses#.Y5eNfXbMLct
- You will need business insurance that lists the Food Hub as a location of your business
- You will need at least a FOODSAFE level 1 certificate for anyone in your business operating here with us
How do I get started at the kitchen?
If you decide that we are a good fit for your business, you just have to inform us that you would like to enter into an agreement and we can start the process for you. We can connect you with the people necessary for licensing and approval and provide the help to get your process started.
How many members share the kitchen?
We can fit up to 10 operations at a time, provided everyone has scheduled the appliances that they would need.
How do you schedule appliances?
We have an app from Commissary Connect that allows our members to view the schedules and book their table times and the appliances they’d need.
Explain billing- monthly based on time and space Agreement minimum 1 month
Members will sign an agreement with the FVAFH for a minimum of 1 month. We also require a safety deposit of the first month’s rent +15%.
What equipment do I need to bring when I rent the commercial kitchen?
Each member will be required to provide their own small wares, such as pans and spatulas and containers. We have space for any special heavy equipment such as packaging machines.
What kind of kitchen tools and equipment do you have on site that I can use?
We have a 6 Burner Stove, 2 Convection Ovens, a Combi Oven, 2 Deep Fryers, a Dough Sheeter, a Flat-top Grill, 2 Freeze Dryers, a 30 qt Mixer, A Proofing Cabinet, a Salamander, a Meat Slicer, a Tilt Kettle, a Vacuum Sealer, an Impulse Sealer, a Large Pressure Cooker for canning, a High Temperature Dishwasher, a Walk in Cooler, and a Walk in Freezer.
Are there any 24/7 monthly rentals available?
Agreements to operate here are monthly at a minimum. Once you are a member you would have access 24/7. So come on over at 3am to start your sourdoughs.
What kind of storage is available?
We have wire racking for dry storage, cooler storage, and freezer storage. As well we have additional reach-in freezers and fridges available to rent.
How do you handle deliveries for members?
We require that either you have a member of your business on site to receive the order or that you arrange ahead of time with FVAFH management to help receive your order. Deliveries are best brought in on a dolly as we do not have a loading bay and are not well equipped for pallets.
Do I need to get a health inspection?
You will need approval of your food safety and sanitation plans from Fraser Health. We suggest that you engage with us on this process as soon as you can as it can take time to achieve approval. https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/food-safety/requirements-for-food-businesses#.Y5eNfXbMLct
Is the kitchen Fraser Health approved?
The Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub is inspected and approved by Fraser Health to operate as a commissary kitchen. Our space’s approval still requires that your operation have a separate approval specific to this building.
How much does it cost?
Our prices are dependent on how much time and space your operation needs, ranging from as low as $500 per month + tax.
We are located in the heart of the Fraser Valley at
2570 Cyril Street, Abbotsford, BC
604 – 746 – 5682