When Local Choice sparked in my consciousness as an idea, it didn’t have a name yet. It was a concept that wove together several ideals which I hold dearly in my heart: Local food, cooperative work and community. From my own standpoint, the idea of working together with other farmers to provide product to our greater community felt like a much better option than competing against my friends and neighbors. I imagined all the ways we could make life easier and food more accessible. It just made sense that from a farmer’s perspective to share work-load, share marketing and advertising cost and share risk. I then started to think about all of the “what ifs” from a consumer’s perspective.
What if I could get a box of LOCAL, seasonal groceries delivered to my house every week? What if – in that box – were two complete meal plans? What if I had the option to buy additional locally produced goods from the same source? And what if those goods also showed up at my house, or at one pick-up location? What if I could develop a meaningful relationship with several area farmers by purchasing ONE share?
Box meals seem to be all the rage these days, and while their convenience is tough to beat, I’ve noticed that none of them can offer locally sourced food. About a year ago I was having a debate with a friend about the sustainability of food arriving in box from California, rather than food arriving in a box from a local farm in Wisconsin, (otherwise known as Community Supported Agriculture/CSA). She argued that the convenience factor just wasn’t present for her in CSA and creating something like a local “Hello Fresh” or “Sunbasket” would just be too difficult to organize. Well, if there is one thing this girl can’t resist, it’s a challenge!
I started with a simple query in my local farm networks: Would anyone be interested in a cooperative CSA model in which we offer an extended season of local, whole-diet foods and farm goods including meal plans?
The answer was pretty overwhelmingly YES. Meetings happened, creative minds melded and Local Choice Cooperative Producers was born! We have worked hard all winter to construct a truly unique service that we believe is extremely valuable. For the consumer who cares about local food that is produced without chemicals and GMO’s, we got you. For the consumer who cares about hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat, humanely raised meat, cheese and eggs, we’re on it. For the home chef that values the convenience of meal plans, we’re providing TWO recipes each week for a family of four. And we’ll even give you tips for how to stretch out leftovers.
“But what does it cost?” You say… About $75 PER WEEK. That’s it! Yes, it is a full-season commitment, which we understand can be challenging for some, and that’s why we offer a monthly payment plan. Just think for a moment about how much you spend on groceries each week. Is most or all of that food local and organic? It can be! Sign up today and discover the convenience of eating local this summer!