For several years, topping the trends for restaurants (and even some schools), is Farm to Table cuisine. In order to draw in new clientele, restaurants have hopped on this social movement by promoting local food being served on the menu, and in many cases through acquisition based on direct partnerships having been established with local produce growers specific to the restaurant.
With an ever-increasing population interested in healthier lifestyles (especially here in Oregon) that also includes better care for our planet, it is no wonder that offering local Farm to Table is so popular.
Why Are Local Farm Products Popular?
There are many reasons why local farm products are popular. Here are three reasons why consumers prefer local food being served on their dinner table:
There is nothing like dining on food that has come direct from the farm. Consumers want to experience that freshness in their produce and groceries. Often times at their peak in ripeness, when one eats local, not much time has surpassed from when the item was picked and when it is being delivered to market, or even your door step.
Supporting Local Economy
Without a doubt, consumers, when given the chance, want to support their local farmers and in-turn support their local economy. But what is the definition of local? According to the 2008 Farm Act, any agricultural food product that is raised, produced, and distributed in the locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product”
Knowing The Source
We are becoming an increasingly food conscience society. Consumers are moving away from our nation’s primary food supply, which is centric on massive production farms and food manufacturing. Plus, there’s something unique and special about not only knowing where your product comes from, but also, knowing the people who are producing the very food you eat.
Eating Local + Eating Healthy = What People Want
Did you know that in 2017 global sales of healthy food products will reach an astounding $1 trillion dollars? If you want to know about a person’s priorities, look no further than their expenses. In fact, 88% of people in a recent survey said they would even be willing to pay more for healthier foods.
But Does Eating Local Mean Eating Healthy?
Not necessarily. Depending on the practices each farm institutes in the production of their food and/or drink will determine how much healthier it is. That’s why it is so important, and as was stated above, people want to know where their food is coming from. They want to know the people who are producing the food they consume as well as how they are producing the food they consume.
What Defines Healthier Foods?
In this same survey (as previously mentioned), healthier foods were defined by consumers in stating they want food that is GMO free, deemed all natural, and are functional. Functional foods meaning, like those high in fiber, rich in protein, whole grains, fortified with calcium, and that are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Summing this up, people want to consume foods that produce good health and that can also reduce disease.
If you find yourself in this category of being someone who wants to eat healthier, you’ve come to the right place.
At Organic Earthly Delights, you can read through the many blog posts here on our website to learn about the health benefits of not only eating organic produce and groceries, but also the various foods we produce and offer. We also want to provide you with an opportunity to get to know us and how our food is produced. You can visit our blog here.
You Are What You Eat
We have a saying at the farm that reads, “You are what you eat!” Here at Cottonwood Corners, our longtime hay ranch in Central Oregon, we take this saying very seriously.
At Organic Earthly Delights, we are committed to supporting you in achieving and maintaining your health through eating fresh, organic food. We are here to support you in your decision to improve the quality of your life, by improving the quality of the food you eat, which will greatly impact the quality of your health!
What You Can Expect From Organic Earthly Delights
Today, organic produce, fruits and vegetables set the standard for quality, freshness, texture, color, flavor, and variety. Our quality food is grown to have the advantage of being produced without the usual measure of risk factored into conventional produce. Our certified organic produce, available throughout Oregon, is grown utilizing non-toxic chemicals during growth, harvest, storage or shipping. Yet, the concept of organic farming is far from primitive. It is actually farming with a vision of our future in mind.
Your quality produce, vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs and cheese is hand selected for you from only certified organically grown products and suppliers. Our eggs, cheese and organic groceries are of the highest quality available in Oregon.
Farm To Table Is More Than A Trend
At Organic Earthly Delights, we believe that the concept of Farm to Table is more than just a trend or even a social movement, we believe it is a lifestyle. Simply put, we are here to help you achieve a healthy life. Your produce comes from the ground to you in the shortest amount of time. All of our produce is produced organically and better, which is the kind of food we feel good about serving our own family, and now, at your table.
Farm To Table – Healthier Food Direct To Your Table?
One of the ways we can help support you in the decision to achieving and maintaining your health is by offering you Oregon organic produce and groceries home delivery (in select markets) which essentially brings our farm, directly to your table.
How Our Home Delivery Works
Organic Earthly Delights makes deliveries from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington Down to Salem, Oregon and over to our area in Central, Oregon. We offer three size baskets, $35, $45 and $55, or you may choose to create your own unique basket. Depending on your location, your deliveries will be made on either Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Each week your basket will contain 15 to 20 items, and you will be able to see what is going to be in your basket or available to order when a weekly text message goes out each Tuesday.
Learn more about our Home Delivery here.