In your quest for locavore status you may have found the timing of farmers markets inconvenient, or the flush of CSA zucchini showing up on your doorstep or your local pickup point overwhelming, and the prospect of backyard chickens impermissible. Though we at WW believe that the community aspect of farmers markets and CSAs are important parts of building a healthy food system, we also completely understand the overwhelming challenges of eschewing the grocery store altogether.
Fear not! A solution may be right outside your door. Harkening back to the days of the milkman—a service every suburb had in the 1950s and ‘60s—home-delivery services of fresh local produce (and milk!) are on the rise in a major way all across our country. In this recent NPR story, Bonny Wolf explains how this growing trend is supporting businesses that can guarantee 48 hours between milking and delivery to 8500 customers. Not only is it a desire for fresh produce that supports the local or regional economy, but as Wolf points out, food safety and ethical/environmental quandaries are another big driver in creating this new market:
Processed foods, E. coli scares and factory farms mean we want to know where our food comes from and who's growing it.”—Bonny Wolf
Sound enticing? Check it out in your area. Here’s a great Treehugger article which highlights five regional suppliers or, better yet, a simple Google search for “local organic produce delivery” will most likely yield tons of different hits within your state.
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