Many of us love farmers' markets - it's often the only way to get access to all those organic, natural, artisanal produce fresh and direct from independently-run family farms. But the trouble is that they don't get organized often enough, and even if they do, traveling to find them can be quite a hassle. So why not get their produce shipped to you instead? That's where America's Farmstand
The online grocery retailer sources its fresh foods from a number of independent farmers, including - Maple Lane Farms, Stonington Seafood Harvesters, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Wood Homestead Maple Syrup, The Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, New England Provisions, Coach Farm, amongst others - and puts their offerings online direct for consumers. All of these family farms are committed to environmentally conscious, sustainable growing methods. Once purchased, the produce is shipped directly to you without going through warehousing, thereby keeping it as fresh as possible. Featured products include the award-winning Coach Farm goat cheese, Pearson Peach Farm fresh Georgia peaches, Balakian Farm Pink Oxheart organic blended heirloom tomatoes, Stonington Seafood Harvesters Bomster scallops, New England Provisions Maine lobsters, Engelbert Farms organic New York strip steak, Noank Aquaculture Cooperative Mystic oysters, Divine Brine’s Devilish spicy dill pickles, Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water, Pearson’s southern praline pecans, Arndt’s homemade fudge, The Grain Exchange homemade gluten-free blueberry muffin mix and Zoe’s Premium Canine Gourmet, among scores of other farm-fresh foods.
"I was raised in the country and had the pleasure of jogging past and interacting with farmstands every morning growing up," explains Todd Greenfield, founder and president of Stonington, Connecticut-based America's Farmstand
. "After moving to the big city, I was increasingly struck by how much was lost when food goes from a farm into the big, industrial food system."
"I found myself asking farmers, 'What if?'. What if there were a way to get your vegetables, fruits, cheeses, organic meats and other fresh foods directly to the people who want them, rather than having them lose freshness traveling to — and sitting in — warehouses for days before being transported to supermarkets?" The answer was obvious - there needs to be a direct connection between consumers and these family-run farms. And that's how America's Farmstand
According to Greenfield, America's Farmstand
is big on responsible farming and growing practices that ultimately leads to a supply of healthy, nutritious food. The company partners only with farmers who are committed to preserving the integrity of their land, water and soil resources, based on 30 criterion including growing methods, sustainability practices, biodiversity, fair treatment of workers and absence of chemical inputs.
Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.