What do you do for your favorite fresh produce and farmer’s market items in the off season?
In the Spring, it is so easy to just slap on your light jacket and decide that you’re going to take a leisurely stroll to your favorite Farmer’s Market. What about now? Whether it is the hustle and bustle of the community center and gathering that brings you there, or if it is indeed the produce and idea that local farmers have worked hard to bring you organic, free-range this that or the other thing, buying locally produced foods that are organic just feels good.
And the Season comes to an end
The thing about it is, Farmer’s markets are typically seasonal. In Northern Virginia, most of the Farmer’s Markets run from May or June until the last weekend in October, so if you crave that lovely fresh baked bread from your favorite local artisan baker, you best learn how to do it yourself, my friend, because over the late Fall and Winter, you’ll be out of luck with a Farmer’s Market purchase.
The Farmer’s Market game changer
So, what do you do for getting the same Farmer’s Market foods and items like honey and what-have-you? Recently, I met a cat named Brent Ling with Relay Foods, and guess what? His company freakin’ delivers Farmer’s Market quality foods to your house! It is kind of awesome. If you were the person who loved the communal gathering nature of the Farmer’s Market center, you may miss out on that aspect of the experience; however, the amazing thing is that you can pick what community sponsored agriculture or CSA style foods you would like delivered straight to your home on a weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly basis for a membership. The program is quite simple, for a nominal membership fee, you sign up and on a specified day, a delivery will be dropped on your doorstep of the foods you choose!
How to make this happen
You can go onto their totally user-friendly website and shop and then just wait for them to bring you farm-fresh, locally produced foods. The concept is simple, honest and it so sustainable is just makes sense. So, your leisurely stroll may not be through a bustling Farmer’s Market scene, but you can take it elsewhere, and maybe with a parka and mittens because it is getting cold outside and you have better things to do now that it is getting cold outside, like collecting fire-wood and making cocoa. So, check out Relay Foods and their concept on how to get Farmer’s Market quality locally produced foods in the off season, and beyond.