By Matthew Flood
Like many mission-driven enterprises, Door to Door Organics began small and scrappy, operating out of a humble home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1997, we’ve been connecting folks in northeastern Pennsylvania with Good Food from small family farms by delivering seasonal, local, and organic produce and locally produced natural grocery items to homes, businesses, and schools. Now based in Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Door to Door Organics continues to support our founder’s mission to make eating local easier and more accessible.
Beyond lowering our customers’ “foodprints” and supporting the community, locally grown produce is fresher and often tastes better, because it’s been allowed to ripen naturally in the field. According to studies, local food also tends to retain higher levels of nutrients than conventionally grown produce that’s been trucked or flown in from far away. And eating more organic food means consuming fewer toxic chemicals and getting more nutrients, too. Recent studies have found that organic food boasts more nutrients, including disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And supporting small, local, organic farmers helps build healthier, stronger local communities. That’s why we’ve built relationships with more than 100 organic, local farms and small artisan vendors throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Meet a few of our partners:
Blue Moon Acres was started by Jim and Kathy Lyons in Buckingham, Pennsylvania, in 1992 as a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm, growing a small array of vegetables and greens. Now, 20 years later, Blue Moon has grown to include numerous varieties of microgreens and certified-organic specialty greens in their greenhouses and fields in Buckingham, Pa., and Pennington, NJ. But the premise is the same as it was at the beginning: to grow good-quality food that is in accordance with sustainable agriculture practices.
What do they make or grow? Microgreens, arugula, baby spinach, and specialty lettuces
This nonprofit co-op of 80 organic Amish farmers in Lancaster County focuses on growing healthy, high-quality foods from highly maintained and enriched soils on family farms with small herds and flocks. The animals on their farms always have access to pasture and enjoy the freedom of foraging through the grasses with the earth under their feet. Helping these farmers reach buyers across the Tri-State area—not an easy task when you’re driving a horse-drawn buggy—strengthens their businesses and the local farm community as a whole.
What do they make or grow? Local, pastured, free-range, non-GMO eggs and vegetables
Did you know that the Blueberry Capital of the World is in New Jersey? Since 1999, Elizabeth and Louis Condo have grown organic blueberries on 116 acres in the Pine Barrens of Hammonton, NJ. Every sweet, juicy berry is nurtured and picked by hand on this family farm. Organic law says there is nothing beyond organic, but they beg to differ. The Condo family believes that in a sustainable farm system, the soil is an ecosystem, increasing in biotic diversity, evolving through successive states and progressing to its peak.
What do they make or grow? Blueberries
Purely Farms is a small, family-oriented operation in Bucks County, Pa. Owners Marc and Joanna Michini have been dedicated to sustainable, organic agriculture and the humane treatment of animals since 2004. The Michinis are the first generation to farm their land organically and pasture pigs, chickens, and turkeys. When we need to discard fruit, we take it over to the hogs at Purely Farm who help us reduce our food waste.
What do they make or grow? Pastured pork
Seven Stars Farm is a 350-acre certified-biodynamic, organic dairy farm in northern Chester County, Pa., just west of Philadelphia. They use the milk from their Jersey cows to produce Seven Stars Organic Yogurt. It's been an operating dairy since 1988.
What do they make or grow? Local, organic farm-fresh yogurt
Spring Thyme Herb Farm, Hockessin, DE
Spring Thyme Herb Farm is a small family-owned farm in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania, that’s dedicated to producing high-quality, certified-organic culinary herbs, edible flowers, and assorted greens. They grow herbs with the most pungent aromas and pleasing flavors, and are constantly trying new strains of certified organic seeds. Their herbs and flowers are harvested by hand in small batches to ensure freshness.
What do they make or grow? 20 varieties of culinary herbs & a seasonal selection of edible flowers, including hard-to-find varieties.
In summer, Door to Door Organics ups the local ante. We bring the farmers’ market right to customers’ doors. Available from June through October, our Local Farm Box is brimming with 100% certified organic produce from small, local family farms. Because we work with dozens of local farms, our offerings change weekly and there’s no need to commit for the whole summer: Customers can pay as they go, put the account on hold for vacations or any reason at all, or cancel at any time. Best of all, customers can create a customized box, swapping produce they don’t like for their favorite fruit and veggies.
Check out Door to Door Organics to learn more about the local farms we work with to bring the season’s freshest organic offerings to 10 states across the U.S. Cheers to Good Food!
Matthew Flood is the location director for Door to Door Organics Tri-State, where he oversees delivering Good Food to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware as well as the company’s responsible growth, including the expansion of local food offerings. Before working at Door to Door Organics, Matthew spent five years working in the food industry at several Bucks County restaurants and at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, where he created sustainable, local, and organic meals.