THE ILLUMINATE FARM BOX
What is it?
In the past week I have put together a small business to help deliver food from NJ farms to our SOMA community every Friday. As a writer/educator on sustainable farming practices and the U.S. food system, prior to this crisis I was thinking about ways to help connect people in more urban areas with their local farms. As the world changes around us, the one thing that is consistent is our need to buy food and the question has now become where can we get it safely and reliably. Our local farms can do both and with the help of Zone 7, an NJ distributor who works with small-scale, local farms, I can help connect us to these farmers.
The idea is to use the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model where each box is the same, as I believe this is the best way to support our farmers and deliver as many boxes as I can.
The box will be $75 and includes around 5-6 seasonal veggies, fruit that's available as we get closer toward summer, milk, eggs, yogurt, 1-2 dry goods and a fresh baguette from Liv Breads as well as delivery. (or pick up if you prefer)
If the interest exceeds my ability to deliver I might also make a centralized pick up point as I live near Maplewood Middle and can offer slotted times to ensure distancing.
Going forward I might be able to include meat as an add on if there is interest.
I am planning to include one recipe each week with all the ingredients to make it if people are interested in experimenting. I will trying to make the mix of stuff exciting, but also useful. I am also planning to use some of the money to give boxes to families in need or contribute to urban farms in New Jersey to help others feed their communities. I am still working out the details.
How Does it Work?
The box will be delivered every Friday. As of now, I have the number capped due to my capacity to do deliveries. If demand keeps coming I will hire help!
I will will close the list for Friday's delivery the week before, as I must get my order in early. I will send out emails on Mondays for people to secure their Friday box. Alternatively, I have created some longer term commitments so you don't have to worry about getting a spot.
Thank you so much for your interest and together we will get through these times.
Click here to sign up for the box!