Baltimore’s Farm-to-Door Delivery Market is Bountiful

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Real Food Farm is one of many bringing Maryland’s farm bounty to city residents.

Though Baltimore already boasted terrific farmer’s markets, produce CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and sustainably-minded grocery stores, city dwellers have gained even more access to locally-grown food via the exploding farm-to-door delivery market. The benefits of locally-grown and delivered food are convenience, freshness, and high quality.  Buying local food also reduces the distance food travels from farm to plate which reduces pollution. The farm-to-door delivery, or central location pick-up, proprietors below all walk-the-talk by striving for sustainable business and farming practices. 

Friends & Farms ~ A Regional Basket of Groceries

Bringing the best of Maryland’s bounty, Friends and Farm delivers your chosen basket of meats, seafood, dairy, bread and fruits and vegetables, to a central pick-up location. Customers can grab their food once a week from sites in Roland Park, Canton, Timonium, Federal Hill, Catonsville, and Owings Mills.  New customers can order a sample basket. Visit friendsandfarms.com for more info.

Heartland Home Foods ~ Natural Store Delivered to Your Door

Heartland Home Foods not only delivers, but also puts away, a wide variety of natural or organic meats, seafoods and veggies to their Mid-Atlantic clients. Their food is delivered in individually-packaged vacuum-sealed portions. Visit heartlandfoodservices.com for more info.

Hometown Harvest ~ Farmer’s Market Delivered to Your Door

Hometown Harvest brings Frederick County’s produce, meats, dairy, pantry items, beverages, and soups to Baltimore-area homes. Working with 150 local farmers, their aim is to deliver a seasonal and sustainably-grown farmers market to your door. Visit hometownharvest.com for more info.

Hungry Harvest  ~ Produce With a Purpose

You may have seen Baltimore’s-own Evan Lutz recently pitch his Hungry Harvest concept on ABC’s Shark Tank TV show. Hungry Harvest bags and delivers recovered, or ugly, produce that may go to waste because supermarkets require store-perfect produce. In addition to a Recovered Harvest bag, Hungry Harvest also delivers an Organic Harvest bag, and All Fruit Harvest bag. A super-cool bonus is that for each produce bag delivered, a donation is made to the free farmer markets that Hungry Harvest pops-up at local charities.  (BTW- a Shark invested $100,000!) Visit hungryharvest.net for more info.

Real Food Farm ~ Bringing Organic Produce to Northeast Baltimore

Real Food Farm is working to bring healthy, organic and affordable produce to Baltimore’s food deserts. A Civicworks’ project, Real Food Farm grows organic produce on eight acres in Clifton Park. Real Food Farm sells its produce at farmers markets, through a CSA, and via delivery service. Their “mobile” farmers market brings produce to Northeast Baltimore schools, community centers, and libraries. Real Food Farm offers the Farm Alliance of Baltimore Double Dollars incentive program for food assistance customers. This system offers $20 worth of produce for $10. The mobile market also accepts WIC and EBT. Visit realfoodfarm.civicworks.com for more info.

Relay Foods ~ Healthy Online Grocery Store

Offering both a free pick-up service at Baltimore locations and home delivery, Relay Foods’ mission is to give customers no reason to visit another grocery store. Offering an extensive product catalog chocked with artisanal and local vendors, their “online aisles” include: produce, meat and seafood, dairy and eggs, deli, bakery, frozen foods, pantry, household and pet, and health and beauty products. Visit relayfoods.com for more info. 

South Mountain Creamery ~ Fresh from Our Farm to Your Home

Harkening back to days of the milkman, South Mountain Creamery delivers farm-fresh milk, dairy products, eggs, meat, and produce to Maryland customers. Their milk, eggs, and meats are processed on site. Offering many varieties of dairy products (including ice cream, and chocolate and strawberry-flavored milks), and meat products, South Mountain Creamery delivers weekly to homes.  Visit southmountaincreamery.com for more info.

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Laurel writes the environmental GreenLaurel column every other Thursday in the Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of UVA's MBA program, she spends her time with her family and making "all things green" interesting.
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