Getting Fresh With Your Farmers!
This season we’ve had the privilege of working with many area farmers to bring their beautiful, natural and organic produce to our home delivery and in store customers . We live in a time where it’s necessary to know where our food comes from and how it’s grown and we achieve this by supporting local agriculture. We’d like to give a shout out to all the hard working farmers and distributors who make it possible for Isador’s to continue in that endeavor. Farm to fork is key; the shorter the chain and the more we know about our food the better – for our bodies and the earth.
Co-owner Tim Wilcox & Washroom Manager Courtney Faria
Located in Sunderland MA, this certified organic farm grows a wide variety of vegetables that are sold at local farmers markets and distributed all the way down to NYC restaurants. If you’ve come into the store you’ve probably seen (or put on your burrito) some of The Kitchen Garden’s Sriracha and Habanero Sriracha made from peppers grown here. This week you can try their Treviso Radicchio. It’s got a beautiful purple color and great in a salad for added texture and mild green kick.
Located in Deerfield MA, Atlas Farm is a certified organic farm with 85 acres of farm land used to grow a diverse variety of vegetables. Produce from Atlas Farm is sold at farmers markets, distributed across Western MA and Boston and in their retail store. This week we have their delicious parsnips that when cooked taste like a hybrid carrot-apple!
High Meadow Farm is located in Hubbardston, MA and produce fruit and livestock organically and also sell honey and maple syrup made from their own orchard and woodlands. I met with owner Jassy Bratko who started farming to produce organic hay for her horses. She purchased the orchard took dedicated measures to turn it from a conventional orchard to all organic. This dedication to sustainable growth is evident in her delicious apples. We enjoyed the Liberty Apples in the store this Fall. High Meadow Farm sells their products on site in the farm store.
I brought my kids to the farm on this trip. It was a great experience for them to see where our food comes from and the commitment that farmers make to ensure they are producing healthy food and that it renourishes the earth in the process. Jassy invited us to take a tour of her farm so we visited the cows and free range chickens. Jassy showed my son the apple washing machine as well. The younger generations are the key to ensuring that sustainable and organic farming remains intact!
Located in Granby and Montague MA, Red Fire Farm is a certified organic farm specializing in vegetables, flowers and fruit. At the end of the summer our customers enjoyed their organic carrots and salad mixes.
This summer I met with Jim DiMaio in West Brookfield, MA to pick up organic corn and blueberries. Jim runs an immaculate farm and takes pride in the details. This small family run farm hand grows vegetables, berries and peaches. Produce is sold seasonally at their farm stand and by special order.
Harvey’s Farm and Garden Center is located in Westboro, MA and is run by Jim and Emily Harvey. Our customers enjoyed a wide variety of vegetables from Harvey’s this summer with a special appreciation for the colorful selection of cherry tomatoes. All produce here is naturally-grown and we look forward to another season of their produce. You can find them at the Westboro Farmers Market and the Westboro store.
Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm is located in Millis, MA and all but two crops are grown organically with all GMO-Free seeds. We saw lots of produce from Tangerini’s this summer and look forward to heading out to see them again in 2016, especially for some ice cream!
We have been very fortunate to have a relationship with Annie Meyers at Meyers Produce who is a produce distributor out of Hardwick, VT. Keeping the farm to table chain intact, none of her produce travels more than 350 miles from grower to customer. We’ve enjoyed a fun and delicious variety of fruit and vegetables from farms in Vermont and Massachusetts like Pete’s Greens, Allen Bros, Queens Greens, Fungi Ally, Full Sun Company, Book & Plow Farm, Harlow Farm, Kettle Song Farm, Next Barn Over, Old Friends Farm, Scott Farm, Heartbeet Farm, Champlain Orchards, Carr’s Ciderhouse and more! We’ve had fun developing the Locavore Box each week with local produce and LOVE that our tribe of customers are on this ride with us! Thank you!
Written by: Nicole Hull