As you know, I am very passionate about sustainable agriculture and organic farming. It has been just in the past couple of years that I realized I want to get more involved and that I would love for my career to be involved in it too.
Well that time has come! I am now an Orange County Regional Sale Rep for Farm Fresh To You. It’s a second generation family owned sustainable organic farm that offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) service. Originally started in the Capay Valley in 1976, in 2007 the family opened a second farm in San Diego which has allowed them to harvest produce that wouldn’t fare well in the cold Northern California winter weather and it has also allowed them to serve the Southern California region.
When I originally heard about FFTY, I was using another local CSA from a family owned farm that grows organic produce. That CSA was just okay and here are a few reasons why Farm Fresh To You is a great option.Sustainable and Organic Not all CSAs are created equal and just because it’s a CSA does not mean the produce is sustainable or organic. My first CSA offered organic produce from their farm (great), but supplemented with conventionally grown produce from other local farms (not so great). FFTY only grows and offers certified organic products, and brings together about 15 other small farms around California to provide certified organic produce to its customers. FFTY and all of the other farms involved are both USDA certified organic and certified organic by the State of California. Small Local Farmers into the Marketplace As I said, there are about 15 other small farms that FFTY works with to offer fresh, organic produce to its members. All of these farms are small, meaning less than 500 acres and many don’t have the capacity to get produce direct to the customer at events like farmer’s markets, either because they do not have the capital to attend and/or they are in outlying areas which makes it logistically unfit for the farmers. This way, you’re able to support lots of farmers with each box. You can easily see where each piece of produce in your box comes from too, so you’re never left in the dark about where your food comes from. Manage Your Membership Online Once you become a member with FFTY, you will have an account online where you have access to all of your information, you can update your delivery preferences, cancel service and much more. In our digital world, it’s very convenient to log in and manage your accounts. My initial CSA did not provide this invaluable service. Fully Customizable
If there are specific items that either you’re allergic to or just don’t like, you can log in to your FFTY account and permanently add specific items to your exclusion list. Those items will be swapped fruit for fruit and veggie for veggie. Also, every Thursday at noon the farm releases its list of items proposed for the following week’s offerings. If there are certain items you wish to replace, you can simply call the farm and they will give you a few options for substitution. Your box is fully customizable. No Guessing What’s In Your Box Many times while using my first CSA we would receive items in the box we had absolutely no clue what they were. Luckily the world wide web helped out, but sometimes it was tough. Trial and error. FFTY always includes a list of every item in your box so you don’t have to play the guessing game! Doorstep Delivery FFTY delivers to your doorstep! My first CSA had pickup locations in each of its serviced cities, so you could pick one near your home. Luckily, there was one on my way home from work, but nothing beats delivery that is included in the price of each box. Postpone or Cancel Individual Deliveries Travel often? Weeks get crazy? You’ll never have to worry about getting your box when you don’t want it. If you have a delivery scheduled during a week you won’t be home or a week you don’t want or need your box, you can easily postpone or cancel individual deliveries using your online account or by calling or emailing the farm directly. You can also put a temporary hold on your account. I have heard of a few customers who grow summer produce in their backyards, so they hold their account during the summer months and continue service during the fall, winter and spring months. Farm News, Featured Produce & Recipes Another perk that’s included in every box is the lovely Farm News sheet. There is always a story about the happenings on the farm. It’s so wonderful to be able to connect with your food and who grows it. It’s one step closer to building a relationship with your farmer and I love it. Also always included on this sheet is a featured piece of produce that’s in your box that week, with storage and use tips for that item as well as a couple of recipes for the featured produce. Because the produce in the CSA box will change with the seasons, it is often a difficult task to create the weekly meal menu. The recipes listed can be your cheat sheet and get you started. First Box Discount Because a lot of people are unaware of CSA services and don’t know you can get fresh, local, organic produce delivered to your doorstep, FFTY offers a discount on your first box as an incentive to at least give us a shot for one box. Just email me at tiffanyffty[at]gmail[dot]com for the promo code and discount prices. No Contract or Cancellation Penalties You can cancel at any time by calling or emailing the farm. You’re not signing a term contract, we don’t want anyone to feel stuck or obligated. We understand this service may not be for everyone and that’s ok. That’s why we offer a discounted first box to give you an incentive to at least try us out for one box. Flexible Delivery Frequency The farm offers tons of options, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your family’s needs. You can receive your deliveries on a weekly, every other week, or once a month basis, and there are so many service options too. Because it’s just my husband and me, we get a small mixed box delivered every other week.
To get you started, here are a few links to cool things on the Farm Fresh To You website like recipes, Farm News, their produce seasonality chart and storage and use tips. You can also read About the Farm and About the Family. You might be wondering Why Organic matters, so you can read all about that, too.
They also offer service to restaurants, produce distributors and retail stores, as well as vend at some farmer’s markets. If there’s a need, they will fill it. Got an idea or want in on the action? Shoot me an email at tiffanyffty[at]gmail[dot]com.How To Get Signed Up If you live in the Orange County or Los Angeles areas and are interested in signing up, please get in touch by emailing me at tiffanyffty[at]gmail[dot]com so I can give you the promo code for a discount on your first box. Then just go ahead and sign up online. What Does This Mean for the Blog? Other than me periodically posting about it and/or agriculture, it shouldn’t change a thing. I plan to continue writing fresh content for you twice a week and hopefully you’ll stick around!