Harvest Local Foods In The Media

Grocery Deliveries Can Encourage Healthier Diet
by Milestones, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging  |  date 05.02.13

The practical challenge of getting to the store and carrying groceries home is cited by seniors as one of the most frequent barriers to healthy food access.  In Philadelphia, many grocery stores and food markets offer services to help overcome this problem. If your favorite market isn’t listed here, ask your local store if delivery services are available....



Harvest Local Foods is a year-round online farmers market with a focus on local foods, farmers and suppliers. Foods include organic or sustainably grown produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods and pantry items.

“Our frozen prepared foods taste like home cooking,” said co-owner Pam Nelson, who started the business seven years ago, with co-owner Mary Ann Ford, as an alternative to farmers markets and subscription services. “We saw the need for people to choose exactly what kinds of food they want and to have it delivered to their door,” said Nelson.

There is no fee to join, but a one-time $20 cooler deposit is required. This deposit is refunded after your final order, as long as your cooler is returned. Customers are given a two-hour delivery window and need not be home when delivery is made. Food stays cool and safe for several hours.

Weekly delivery on Wednesday or Thursday is available to all areas of Philadelphia except the far north and northeast. Go to www.harvestlocalfoods.com and enter your zip code to verify if delivery is available in your area. All orders must be placed online; the website is only open for online ordering from Saturday at 6 p.m. through Wednesday at 8 a.m. There is no minimum order amount and the delivery fee is a flat $10. (First order is delivered free.)


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Best of Be Well Philly 2012 Best Grocery Delivery
by Be Well Philly  |  date 01.10.12

The only thing that beats a farmers’ market is having one delivered to your door. Owners Pam Nelson and Mary Ann Ford work with 60-plus local farmers and food artisans to bring weekly deliveries of fruit, veggies, meat, dairy and pantry items to homes throughout the Philadelphia area. Order through the website, pay a delivery fee (up to $10), and get homegrown goodness on demand.


Harvest Local Foods | 484-461-7884 | 305 Windermere Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, 19050


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Best of Philly 2012 Grocery Delivery
by Philadelphia Magazine  |  date 01.08.12

Farm, meet your table. Harvest owners Pam Nelson and Mary Ann Ford source fruit, veggies, meat and pantry items from 60-plus local farmers and food artisans and deliver it all to your doorstep. Order through the website, pay a delivery fee (up to $10), and voilà-homegrown goodness on demand.


Harvest Local Foods | 305 Windermere Avenue, Landsdowne, PA | 484-461-7884


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Office Supplied - Memo: Pick up fresh produce in the conference room
by Philadelphia Inquirer  |  date 25.08.11

Karla Ruksys says her weekends are more relaxed now that she can do her farmer's-marketing at the office.  She doesn't run out at lunchtime or stop on the way home to Mount Ephraim. Instead, Ruksys and her colleagues at Radian, a private mortgage insurance provider with offices in Center City, joined Farm to Office.


This new kind of farm share was developed by the Common Market, a local produce wholesaler, in partnership with Farm to City, and yes, it is a trend. Workplace deliveries of fresh fruit and produce are the latest and fastest-growing strategy for people who want to eat more fresh, local produce and for employers who want to keep staff happy and healthy.



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Fresh From the Farm, With More Choices
by Philadelphia Inquirer  |  date 18.05.11

Connie Hofmann of Wayne joined a Community Supported Agriculture group, or CSA, last summer with the hope that access to a wider range of vegetables would enhance her 5-year-old daughter's appetite.


Alas, little Maeve O'Murchu still eats only cucumbers and carrots. But Hofmann, husband Colman O'Murchu, and son Liam, 8, say their CSA with Jonathan Einwechter's First Watch Farm in Lititz, Pa., has changed their eating habits for the better.


CSAs, which have been around at least 20 years, allow consumers to pay in advance for a season's worth of fresh, local produce (many operate in winter, too), delivered weekly to a central location. At the same time they give farmers seed money at the beginning of the season.


 


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Harvest Local Foods & High View Farm Team Up For Farm Dinner
by Uwishunu  |  date 13.05.11

Harvest Local Foods is a service in which participants place grocery orders online and receive boxes of high quality, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products and more. High View Farm is the source of much of this amazing food. And on June 5, the two are teaming up to host a dinner on the farm, to show their buyers (and potential customers) where all those goods eats originate.


Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a working farm, meet the animals and dine on slow roasted pork, lamb and bean cassoulet and an array of fresh salads, all served buffet style. Yards Brewery is providing beer (there’ll be mint lemonade and water for the kids) and dessert will be strawberry shortcake, topped with the freshest whipped you’ll ever taste...


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This is How We Do It: Running Errands from My Couch
by Less Doing Blog  |  date 01.12.10

Harvest Local Foods


Harvest is a wonderful, Philadelphia-area grocery delivery service with a focus on organic and local foods. Every week, Harvest updates the food on their website, and lets people order online order up until 8am the day of delivery. I don’t even have to be home as I can give Harvest my key and let them drop it off inside the front door in coolers with ice packs. (Their insurance protects both them and you in case there are any problems.)...


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Lansdowne-based Harvest Local Foods Offers Local Food From Local Farmers
by Delco Times  |  date 13.06.10


By KATHLEEN E. CAREY                                                                                                                                      


LANSDOWNE — The white van was parked outside Harvest Local Foods on Windermere Avenue as blue and red coolers packed with pre-ordered produce from regional farms were loaded onto the vehicle for Thursday’s delivery.

It’s a service the business has made its signature from the day its doors opened four years ago, in addition to its commitment to area farmers and sustainable agriculture.

For a $10 delivery charge — $5 for Lansdowne and Drexel Hill residents — patrons can chose from a list of foods grown or prepared by 30 farmers and local food producers and have it delivered to their doorstep.


“You can order whatever weeks you want,” said Pamela Nelson, who, with partner Mary Ann Ford, owns and operates Harvest Local Foods. “So, it’s like, ‘Why not get it?’”

She said deliveries go as far as Haddonfield and Cherry Hill in New Jersey, Ambler in Montgomery County and Brookhaven.

With about 100 orders weekly, Nelson added, “We keep going up.”

Nelson, who formerly worked at the Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philadelphia, had wanted to open an ecologically conscious business and considered recycling or a natural dry cleaners...




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Buying Local is Only A Few Clicks Away
by Grid Magazine  |  date 01.02.10

Buying local is only a few clicks away


Situated on a tucked-away little stretch of road in Lansdowne, Harvest Local Foods (formerly Farm Fresh Express) can be a tad difficult to find. Fortunately all customers really need is a different kind of address: harvestlocalfoods.com.

From that (online) location, residents from all over the Philadelphia area can order farm fresh produce, meat, dairy, eggs and dry goods. By the time you arrive home from work on your delivery day, a cooler filled with local, sustainable goodies awaits you. For a flat $10 delivery fee, you can get as much or as little as you like.

Run by Mary Ann Ford and Pam Nelson, Harvest Local Foods has been in business for almost five years. Until recently, they operated under the name Farm Fresh Express, but thanks to the threat of litigation from food conglomerate Chiquita (who apparently felt the name infringed on their “Fresh Express” packaged salad brand), they had to make a change...



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