More local farmers are choosing to work within the system of convenience designed by Door To Door Organics to get better food to more people.
On 15 acres of farmland in Osceola, Mo., Bear Creek Farms is “drowning” in organic zucchinis, kale, cucumbers and tomatoes. Come fall, the farm will be bursting with fresh cabbage, Swiss chard, eggplants and peppers.
“It’s all about soil,” Robbins Hall, owner of Bear Creek Farms, says. “Soil makes healthy plants, and healthy plants are the most nutritiously dense and can withstand a lot of environmental issues.”
Bear Creek Farms is one of five, local USDA-certified organic farms that sell their produce through Door to Door Organics, a service that delivers a box of specially selected, organic products of farm to door food each week.
“Supporting local is the most important thing we try to do,” Shane Hanson, Door to Door location director for Kansas City, says. “We start locally each week, with produce or fresh bread. Keeping that money in Kansas City is important, it’s what we strive to do as a company.”
Hanson said educating the community on organic foods and maintaining an environmentally friendly business are both top priorities.
“We’re trying to make it convenient and fun, not more expensive,” Hanson says. “We’re also environmentally friendly. We’re saving you gas money and lessening the carbon footprint, instead of having hundreds of customers driving to the store.”
Before Door to Door will officially work with a farmer, Hanson says they go on a farm visit and examine some of the produce. From there, Door to Door will keep an active role in the farming process. Bear Creek Farms sells its produce primarily to Door to Door and Whole Foods. The farm visits help build a healthier working relationship, which leads to a better product down the road.
Hanson says the first thing a customer will notice about organic produce is the taste. To guarantee the freshest and tastiest produce, the organic farms do not use any chemical pesticides on which larger, conventional farms rely.
“The health component is so important,” Hanson says. “We also consider the environmental impact. These big conventional farms are spraying pesticides and the runoff goes into the food and into the runoff system. People then use that water for their house and cleaning systems.”
Door to Door also offers free recipes on its website, which use ingredients from the produce available. Hanson encourages customers and others interested in going organic to experiment with some of the lesser known vegetables and grains.
“It can open your eyes to a whole new world of vegetables that people might not recognize so they stay away from them,” Hanson says. For more information on Door to Door, local produce and other products available, visit kc.doortodoororganics.com.