Last summer, I made the best (and worst) decision and watched a documentary on how food is manufactured for the big brands you see in the grocery store.
It was explained how fruits and veggies are grown and harvested differently so that all year round, there is no change in what you and I see in the store.
The availability of this produce isn’t influenced by the growing season. It is available always. And I don’t even want to discuss what happens with the meat. Yikes.
But, having any and all produce readily available is a relatively new concept.
This New Concept
Our grandparents didn’t have the luxury of strolling into a mega-mart with these limitless options. They survived on what was grown locally and in season, canning what they could for the winter to ensure they had enough.
They didn’t have to deal with things like GMOs, the dirty dozen/the clean fifteen, free range or grass fed anything. And I’ll tell ya, that’s what I want.
Why did food get so confusing? I mean, come on. It’s all too much to have to deal with.
I just want to get some food and eat it with the correct assumption that it is healthy and clean. The best way to do that? Stay as close as possible to the source of your food. That’s where Fellowship Foods, formerly Kohser Farms, comes into play.
Chip Kohser is the owner of Fellowship Foods. He is the guy that works with local farmers – local meaning close to Beaver County.
He picks up the farmer’s goods early in the week, packs up boxes for subscribers and delivers them in the middle of the week.
So that means on Wednesday night, I have produce in my hand that was in the ground probably on Sunday the week before. Nice, right? That is the produce with the best flavor.
Not something that was grown in California, picked two weeks before it was ripe and shipped on a truck across the country to us. That doesn’t even sound a little like fresh produce, does it?!!?
Fellowship Foods operates a little differently than most CSA’s. They offer weekly (or every other week) subscriptions and you don’t have to pre-purchase for entire season.
That means instead of shelling out a big chunk of money before the growing season even starts, you just pay as you go. As for the Beaverhausen’s, this year we get the biweekly veggie box and the weekly fruit box, and we couldn’t be happier with the service and the selection!
This is the second year we have done the fruit but only the first for the veggies. I was hesitant upon doing it because of our own garden, but honestly the selection that we get in our box is so diverse, we rarely get something that we are growing.
What’s in a Box?
Last week we received golden beets, broccoli, squash, cucumber, lettuce, herbs and the most delicious cherries in our veggie box (also a pack of sparklers, because they are fun and like to celebrate holidays!).
The fruit box consisted of black raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, cherries and apples. My mouth is watering!!
In addition to their produce, they also offer many other local food subscriptions. Sliced bread, cheese, eggs, chickens, beef, pork and butter are all available as a subscription.
They also have a whole bunch of different a la carte items to add on too.
The a la carte menu is extensive, offering just about any cut of beef or pork you could imagine, as well as coffee custom ground for each customer from Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea.
All of these options make getting your weekly groceries really easy. All delivered to one spot! Just run in and grab your goods! Yay for easy!!
But What is This Stuff?
Another nice perk to Fellowship Foods are their weekly emails and blog/social media posts.
For us, getting a box of veggies is fun! Not knowing what is in the box makes for a nice change of pace over the normal veggies we eat.
Sometimes though, I am not going to lie… I have no idea what they give me. Those golden beets were only identified after I got their email!
In those instances where I am faced with a mystery, the emails or blog posts that they put out save the day! They identify everything that is in your box and they also provide recipes on how to cook the things too!
Those beets? Well, I roasted them, added a touch of tarragon and mmm they were gooood! Same thing with the fruit boxes. I was able to make a lovely refrigerator strawberry rhubarb chia jam that was really, really good thanks to the emails!
These boxes are a great way to get fresh and local food without the hassle, all the while supporting our local farmers. Win-win!! Go order yours now – We can share recipes!!