We understand that farming is hard, and that it is a big job to feed the nation. Throughout the years, modern technology and fertilizers have led to the commoditization of food, and have made eating cheap. Unfortunately, this cheap food policy is not good for the farmers, the land, and ultimately, it isn’t good for consumers. In essence, our food system is broken in several ways.
Although we can’t solve the food system nationally, we can start with our regional area by taking the existing infrastructure of good growers and providing them with a means to sell and to do what they do extremely well. Our goal is to make it easier for farmers to produce food without all of the nasty stuff that is harmful to us and to the environment. We truly want to keep our regional producers feeding our area, and help them to make a good living.
Buying regionally means that our farmers are close by and ready to meet your needs. This enables us to be efficient while still allowing us to support our area’s economy. We believe we have a true partnership with the farmers, and are creating a tight-knit community by connecting the farmers with our customers.
We are aware that it is easy to purchase almost any food, from anywhere all year round. Although tempting, buying foods that are not in season means that most likely, they aren’t sustainable. By eating regional foods that are in season, you eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods from thousands of miles away. And, think about it - seasonal foods simply just taste better because they are harvested to eat, not to pack, ship, and warehouse.
Our regional supply chain relies on farmers in the Mid-Atlantic, especially those located in the Chesapeake and Delaware watersheds, to bring you a wide diversity of products over a longer season than a purely local supply. Using a regional system also means less risk of a catastrophic crop failure, which would prevent us from delivering food.
In case you are still worried about what regional means, go to Our Suppliers, and you will see that most of your food has a very short commute!