Courtesy of Citybizlist – In response to the need for changes in the food system, and the ongoing consumer demand for healthy, fresh, and local food, Friends & Farms is launching its retail site on May 31, 2012.

Friends & Farms aggregates produce, meat, seafood and dairy from sustainable, regional suppliers and bundles them into weekly food baskets delivered to convenient pick up locations in Maryland. The service is subscription-based, and will be offered to paying customers all year round.

The aim is to re-educate people on how to eat both seasonally and regionally, and to provide consumers with fresh food. Friends & Farms hopes not only to support the regional economy and producers by creating an alternative food system, but also to encourage people to learn more about their food source.

Co-founder Philip Gottwals states, “We are excited about sharing the myriad of wonderful foods produced by farmers, and smaller companies that craft foods in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We are also thrilled to bridge the gap between the producers of our food and the consumers who eat it; thus providing a connection again to our food source. Our aim is to give our customers the highest quality regional food we can find, while treading lightly on the earth.”

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