Local food delivery service begins here

Leaders of the southeast Indiana nonprofit Fresh Local Food Collaborative have announced the launch of a local delivery program in Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn and Ohio counties. "By networking with Indiana producers, we can bring local products right to your doorstep," points out the collaborative’s director, Trish Bellmore.

The online catalog has hundreds of available products that have all been grown within 150 miles, including farms in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio. Customers can choose which farms their products are from, pay online, and have the order delivered. Deliveries are made twice a week on Tuesday and Friday.

Bellmore reports, “It’s our intention to help local producers find new customers and hope the community really embraces this program. So many neighbors are closing long-term family farms because of the condition of the commodity farming market. We hope to create enough demand that farmers consider converting to specialty crops to help feed our friends and neighbors."

She adds, "When you support this program, you support local farmers and local kids because 5 percent of sales are donated to our Farm2School efforts."

Persons may visit www.Fresh-Local.org to learn more about the organization’s outreach and to place orders. Farmers who would like to join the collaborative or others with questions may contact Bellmore at 812-926-2200 or info@fresh-local.org.