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HOW IT WORKS
1) Market offerings/prices finalized by Friday morning for the following week (*see below)
2) Customize your order until Sunday 12:00
3) Look for these icons about freshness and food miles:
|Harvest-to Order: The farmer doesn't harvest it until you order it.|
|Grown within 50 driving miles of the Space Needle. Map|
|Grown within 200 driving miles of the Space Needle. Map|
|Grown in the Cascadia Bioregion (WA, OR, ID, BC). Map|
*If you register and wait to receive the email on Friday announcing the market is open, make sure our emails don't go to your spam/promotions folder. We'll send you a welcome email after you register.
100% CUSTOMIZABLE: We fill boxes Thursday afternoon and notify you via email. Then customize from our market of 200+ items that include organic avocados, citrus, low-pasteurized milk & cheeses, and more. Or do nothing for a fun surprise and the "farmer's pick." You'll have until Sunday 12 PM to customize.
FLEXIBLE SUBSCRIPTIONS: Pick a weekly, every other week, or monthly delivery schedule. Skip any delivery and set a vacation if you'll be out satisfying your wanderlust, when life gets busy, or you just need a break. Each week the exact price varies, but defaulted items range from $52-$55 for the total box.
#LOCALFORREAL SOURCING: We start by coordinating directly with #localforreal farmers to see what's ready for harvest. Then we work with local distributors to increase our reach and only suggest items that are FLOSS (fresh, local, organically grown, seasonal, and sustainably grown) from Cascadia (PNW): Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. No matter what you order, every delivery comes with a source and story for each item.
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING: We only use reusable, compostable, recyclable packaging (and prioritize in that order). So we encourage you to use our reusable insulated totes bags as China is no longer accepting recycling. Each tote is lined with a new compostable liner with convenient handles (also helps keeps greens crisp as it's breathable). We do a $5 refundable deposit for each tote we deliver, but if it's just a swap out then no second charge. You can also set out your own cooler (just make note of that in your driver notes).
While the selection of available local produce varies each week, for a small family this typically covers 3-4 homemade meals and 5-6 snacks. This size is recommended for a small to medium size family that eats several homemade meals a week or a group of friends meal sharing or an individual/couple that is juicing or doing a cleanse.
We only source from organic farms. However, certification requires farmers to become part-time bean counters--and not the edible kind. So we don't snub our noses at those without the certification because it may not be feasible for some of the small farms we work with. Instead, we get to know the farmer and their practices. We've found that often their care for their plants and land go beyond what is required for certification. None of our farmers use non-organic pesticides and we have even caught a few singing to their plants ;) We source from farms ranging from 1/2 acres to 1,200-acres. The larger the farm, the more we rely on the certification process.
At PCH, our goal is to take it a step further than organic and source from farms employing natural farming practices. A lot of the fruits and veggies grown today have 10-30% less nutrient density than in decades past which is largerly attributed to soil depletion. While it's a long history, the organics movement was originally intended to address the soil issues we are dealing with today. There is no simple solution as the agriculture industry is confronted with the difficult balance of using practices that retain soil nutrient levels while meeting the needs of a growing population--and paying the bills to farm another year. Our goal is to continue to source more and more from natural farmers.
We source with the intent that all local items will be local. Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances arise and the farm is unable to sell the harvest because pests or weather intervene or when managing their offerings with customers, the demand for a particular item is too high and there is simply not enough to go around.
Should this happen with an item you have requested in your box, we'll do our best to fulfill the order form another local farm. In the event we can't find a local farm, we'll fulfill the order from a farm further away because our thinking is that the best route to getting everyone to "buy local first" is to create a reliable system and look to local farmers to fill those order first. If none of these solutions are available to us, we'll promptly refund you.