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Farm2Work: Bringing the farmers market to where you are

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FARM FRESH:  Eggs from Tammy Sues Critters in Sherwood.
  • Kat Robinson
  • FARM FRESH: Eggs from Tammy Sue's Critters in Sherwood.
Love the farmers market but can’t seem to make time for it in your schedule? There’s a great option available where the farmers market can be delivered right to you — at work, even!

I’ve been watching the development of Farm2Work, a project started in Diane Rose’s home and which has grown exponentially in the past several months. It’s providing a direct link between customers and farmers.

ITS IN THE BAG:  Farm2Work orders are printed, added to bags and filled.
  • Kat Robinson
  • IT'S IN THE BAG: Farm2Work orders are printed, added to bags and filled.
It’s a great idea… farmers and meat producers from Central Arkansas sign up for the project and get their products on a website. Customers look at the website and choose what they want. The market opens on Friday at 10 a.m. and closes on Monday at 7 p.m. The orders are then sent to the farmers, who fulfill them and get them to Farm2Work. They’re distributed on Wednesday morning to several places — including UAMS, UALR and eggshell kitchen company.

Sounds simple, right? Well, if you think about it, it really is — and it’s very direct. Diane tells me that some farmers actually wait to pick the vegetables and fruit they’ve sold until they get the order. That means they pick it Tuesday or even early Wednesday morning and it’s at your place of work Wednesday mid-morning. Can you get fresher than that without growing your own?

MEAT:  Small pasture raised and organic from Farm Girls Natural Foods.
  • Kat Robinson
  • MEAT: Small pasture raised and organic from Farm Girls Natural Foods.
It’s not just produce, though. Farm2Work has a number of partners, such as Ratchford Farm, Farm Girl Natural Foods and Garners Grassfed Meats for meat, Indian Bayou Milling Company for rice, Sharea Soup and Tammy Sue’s Critters and Tenderpopt Gourmet Popcorn. They’re always accepting more partners — in fact, if you have an operation and want to join in, send Diane a message at info@farm2work.com.

WHERE ELSE:  Can you get unrendered pig fat delivered to your home?
  • Kat Robinson
  • WHERE ELSE: Can you get unrendered pig fat delivered to your home?
It’s a pretty big operation, and right now it’s being run by Diane and just a couple of others. I can see this growing big. I cannot imagine in this day and age, with the technology we have and the information we have learned, why we shouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity to eat locally grown and raised foods that haven’t been subjected to over-processing and chemical intervention. Go check out the website.

And if your place of work doesn’t have delivery set up, you have a couple of choices — pester them about joining Farm2Work, or set your order for a pick-up point.

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