We work hard to support our local producers and are excited to take part once again in the Farm to Freezer program. As part of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of over 35 food co-ops and start-ups across New England, we’re increasing our impact as we grow the regional food system.
“Our member food co-ops purchase an estimated $50 million in local products annually,” said Erbin Crowell, NFCA executive director. “And by working together, we can do more to grow a more healthy, sustainable and co-operative regional food system.”
The NFCA’s Northeast Grown Frozen Fruits & Vegetables are easy to find in our freezer section — they’re packed with a simple black and white label in a clear package so you can see what’s inside.
Here’s what you’ll find:
- Blueberries. Our delicious highbush blueberries were grown by Greig Farm, a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Red Hook, NY, in operation for over 60 years. Greig Farm practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to maintain healthy, productive blueberry bushes.
- Organic Broccoli. Established in 1818, Hepworth Farms is a seventh-generation family farm in Milton, NY, in the Hudson Valley. Today, the farm includes 250 acres of NOFA-certified land yielding more than 400 varieties of organic vegetables.
- Organic Green Beans. Martin and Christa Stosiek started Markristo Farm in 1988 on the land where Martin was raised in Hillsdale, NY. Active board members of Berkshire Grown, the Stosiek’s are committed to healthy food systems and sustainable agriculture.
- Sweet Corn. Our delicious, non-GMO sweet corn is grown by Altobelli Farm, a third generation farm in Columbia County, NY. John Altobelli has been farming on this land for over 30 years, using minimum tillage, drip irrigation, cover cropping, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
We hope that you will try these regionally grown and processed fruits and vegetables — available exclusively at your Neighboring Food Co-ops! — and let us know what you think.