FRESH PICKS FARMER ALLIANCE
The Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance was founded by Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks together with some of the best organic and sustainable farmers in the Midwest and Angelic Organics Learning Center, a leading nonprofit farmer training organization. The Alliance aims to reduce the risks and challenges of fruit, vegetable, meat and dairy farming with collaboration and funding support that helps existing farmers survive and grow, and new farmers get started.
The results of our efforts are the ability to provide you the best of local!
Our farmers have more time to do what they do best – produce more, fresh, locally-sourced food. Our products are the freshest available because they are sourced locally and transported efficiently. We curate the products for you, providing consistent supply, smooth ordering and seamless distribution. You get to support local farmers while purchasing food that is better for our health and the environment.
The Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance creates efficiencies in post-harvest handling, transportation, distribution and traceability. With generous support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and the USDA, lead farmers have enhanced their cold storage and packing facilities to serve as rural food hubs connecting harvested crops to the Chicago region. These farms are aggregating crops from surrounding farms to send to the Chicago area Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks distribution hub. Our winter crop planning and buying commitments for Farmer Alliance Members leads toward crop diversity and abundance for our customers, while mitigating some of the risk of farming in a challenging extreme weather environment.
We hope you’ll support us and our farmers by buying the best of local from the Fresh Picks Farmers Alliance!
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