I met a wonderfully awesome couple at my brother-in-law’s wedding this weekend. Actually it was my new sister-in-law’s brother and his girlfriend, who works for a fabulous company called Good Eggs. Their mission is “to grow and sustain food systems worldwide”. They are a farm to fridge grocery delivery that uses local farmers and food makers. This way you always know where your food is coming from. It is fresh, fast, and convenient! As of right now Good Eggs is only available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Brooklyn. If you are interested in selling your food or want to find out when Good Eggs will be available in your area, you can do so on their site.
Why is buying local the way to go? Well, for one your food will be freshest when buying it from local farmers and food makers. They are picked at their ripest and there is less time from the farm to the table. When you buy food from farther away food tends to sit in warehouses and on trucks before it actually reaches your table losing nutrients in the process. Buying local means supporting local families, building a community, and preserving farmland. It is a magical thing when you can look your farmer in the eye and know that you are getting safe, healthy food. Most farmers encourage you to visit them and tour their farmlands to see exactly how and where your food is being grown.
At Good Eggs the farmers and food makers they work with all have a responsibility to follow a certain criteria to provide the freshest, safest food. They must pay their workers and vendor fair wages. They practice sustainable agriculture and good animal husbandry. They grow their fruits and vegetables as organically as possible without use of synthetics. They know their suppliers and their practices. They cook with fresh, local food that is in season.
Good Eggs even has a blog with some great sounding recipes like these Carrot Cake Pancakes! I mentioned them to my husband, and he immediately began salivating! I will have to surprise him one day this week with a batch.