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The first location of Shannon Allens organic fast-casual concept Grown hadnt been open for more than three months before members from Walmarts development team came in asking for her. They wanted to know more about the Miami-based restaurants mission and how Allen and her husband, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, were able to produce certified organic meals in under five minutes. They were apparently impressed with the popularity of the restaurant, which had lines stretching out the door.

Then they said this magic sentence: Can you do this in a Walmart? Allen says. And for me it was really overwhelming.

Allen wasnt sure if she wanted to expand so quickly, or with such a powerhouse like Walmart. But after some time she decided that a Walmart location could be a way to get her organic food in front of everyday people. The concept, now with six locations, opened in a Walmart Supercenter in Orlando this August, and could be just the first in a series of changes Walmart will implement to boost its status in a rapidly changing industry.

With digital behemoth Amazon plowing through every food retail space it can, from restaurant delivery to grocery stores, many retailers are scrambling to keep up or reinvent themselves. Walmart, for instance, acquired online market and grocer Jet in early August amid rumors of Amazons impending purchase of Whole Foods. In its partnership with Grown, Walmart is trying to push the notion that it is the largest seller of organic food in the country, despite Amazon's Whole Foods takeover.

In a statement sent to Eater, a Walmart spokesperson said the retailer, which caters to consumers seeking an affordable price point, is aiming to make organic food more accessible and affordable to its shoppers. That happens to be what Allen set out to accomplish with Grown, she said expose people (not just Whole Foods shoppers) to prepared organic meals, even if said meals are more expensive than traditional fast food. At Grown, cold pressed juices go for $9. There is also a $6 avocado toast, while sandwiches, salads, and wraps go for $11 without protein (an additional $4 to $7). Allen points out that the childrens menu is sold at much lower prices ($5 to $7 per kids meal) and that she hopes to make options more affordable with the addition of half portions.

On Walmarts end, it doesnt hurt that Allen and her husband are notable figures, says grocery marketing expert Phil Lempert. Shannon recently hosted a cooking show, The Pre-Game Meal, dedicated to healthy food cooked by celebrities and athletes. And her husband Ray, a basketball Olympic gold medalist, is known for having one of the best free-throw shots in the NBA.

What it does is it really broadens the scope of organics, Lempert says. Its not Gwyneth Paltrow, its not some fussy celebrity who eats nuts and berries, who people cant relate to. People can relate to Ray and Shannon.

This would be a contrast to Whole Foods, infamously dubbed Whole Paycheck by critics and consumers who balk at its prices, which for years have been higher than other mainstream grocers. Amazon lowered Whole Foods prices earlier this week and also made a promise to make healthy and organic food affordable to everyone.

But If Whole Foods is attempting to steal Walmarts shoppers, it will be a struggle for them, Lempert says. I dont think [Amazon and Whole Foods] want the Walmart shopper; and they shouldnt, Lempert says. The space is big enough where to go and fight Walmart on food, neck and neck, is going to be tough, because that Walmart shopper is really focused on price.

In many other ways, the Amazon/Whole Food acquisition will change the supermarket and retail game forever. Meanwhile, stocks for traditional grocers are dropping as Amazon spikes with each new Whole Foods merger update.

This is where restaurants can possibly save the day for retailers like Walmart. Adding restaurants to retail and grocery businesses expands or promotes the larger brand, Lempert says. What they really want is to be all food, all the time to all people, Lempert says. In Walmarts case, organic food service drives home their pitch that they are one of the largest sellers of organics, and are affordable on top of that. So what this does is really gives them a badge, Lempert says.

Retailers have been introducing fast-casual restaurant concepts into their stores for some time now. In 2015, Target launched a push toward healthier, higher-quality eateries beyond the typical Pizza Hut or Subway counters commonly found there. Many Macys locations have hosted food courts and full-service restaurants for years, while the owners of clothing brand Urban Outfitters purchased Pizzeria Vetri and its sister restaurants in early 2016, stationing some locations in or near the apparel stores.

Walmart has been late to the game, but is set to make up for it. In February, a Chobanis Cafe opened in a Walmart in Tomball, Texas near Houston. And depending on how well Grown does in Orlando, Walmart shoppers could see more higher-end, health-focused concepts in their stores. They wont necessarily be Grown locations, though Walmart is testing Grown in Orlando, but no other deals have been confirmed.

If this works, I wouldnt be surprised to see this roll out very, very quickly nationwide, Lempert says.

If not in Walmart stores, future Grown locations might be in large venues with captive audiences, Allen says. Two of them are already housed in the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock stadium, and there is one in a university bookstore.

I really believe captive audience spaces are the places where we should live, Allen says. And if Walmart says theres more opportunity for us to make organic and prepared meals available to more people in this country, and it makes sense for us, and we have a team in place to do that, then our answer would be a resounding yes.

Customers probably wont have to wait long before a Walmart Grown or similar fast-casual location comes to a store near them. As grocery stores evolve, the grocerant and retailerant concept will become more prevalent. Whole Foods is already dominating the field, and with Amazons purchase could up the ante. In this new age of retail, people who once felt detached from organic or fast-casual fare will have better access to it, Lempert says. And thanks to its reach, Walmart could be a major player in that shift.

Whats great about this, Lempert says, is unlike putting [Grown] in Whole Foods or somewhere else, this is great food for the masses.

Vince Dixon is Eaters Data Visualization Reporter.Editor: Daniela Galarza

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Organic Grains offers shoppers one of the largest selections of organic whole grains to be sold online, plus the first ever milled-to-order flour on the market

DENVER, Aug.29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Grains, LLC, a healthy, grain-centric food start-up, announces the launch of Organicgrains.com. Every product on their site is organic, making them a one-stop-shop for grains and flours. Organicgrains.com boasts one of the largest catalogs of organic grains on the web and offers products ranging from 1 lb. to 5 lbs. in size. The site also includes a myriad of recipes.

"We are committed to providing healthy, organic grains and organic flours to our customers. Grains are the unsung heroes of the past and of the future, and we want to get their story out there. Most people aren't familiar with all the grains that have been staples around the world for millennia, many of which are high in protein, fiber and even omega 3s. It's time all those grains were brought together in one place." Tim Devey, Director of Organic Grains.

MILL-TO-ORDER: Doing what no other company has done before!

Traditional flour bought in grocery stores has typically been sitting on shelves for months, sometimes up to a year, before it reaches a consumer. Organic Grains' flours are the only flours on the market that are custom milled-to-order and delivered within days. Because of this process, Organic Grains produces some of the freshest organic flours.

Organic Grains is committed to making organics affordable. Shipping is a flat rate of $4.99. Whether you order one bag of grain or fifty bags, it is still $4.99 shipping anywhere in the contiguous USA.

In the coming months, Organicgrains.com will deploy an aggressive growth plan. A sneak peek of things in the works includes gluten-free options and a subscription service that will introduce customers to grains from around the world.

To learn more about Organic Grains, LLC. visit Organicgrains.com or follow them on Facebook.

About Organic Grains, LLCOrganic Grains, LLC was started by leaders in the grain manufacturing industry. They noticed that consumers had to bounce from store to store to find organic grains. Thus, they came up with organicgrains.com, a one-stop-shop for grains and flours.

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LUTZ (FOX 13) - A Lutz farmers market didnt always sell organic fresh food.

The family who owns and operates Cheyennes Country Thangs used to own a construction company, but back when the economy took a dive, they began spending more and more time in their backyard gardens.

They eventually started selling what they were growing, teamed up with other growers and their new business took off.

Market members can get great deals on meat and vegetables, and its also open to the public.

One of the owners said she had been gardening since the age of five. Her knowledge was passed down to her from her Native American grandfather. The business was named after her granddaughter, Cheyenne.

Charley paid a visit to learn more about what the market had to offer.

Cheyennes Country Thangs21405 County Line RoadLutz, FL 33548Phone: 813-527-6471

Market Hours -Tuesday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: http://www.cheyennescountrythangsinc.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheyennesorganicmarket

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Organic food doesn’t always mean big prices – here’s how you can save money this September on brands such as Abel … – Mirror.co.uk

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We've all seen the stories about how expensive it is to buy Organic, but this isn't necessary always the case.

It's often seen as the most expensive option in supermarkets, but this month to celebrate Organic September there are a number of discounts available on healthy, organic food.

For Organic September, Soil Association, the UK's leading food and farming charity and organic certification body, have put together a huge list of deals on some of their biggest and well known organic products to help you kick start a new healthy lifestyle.

These discounts are only available throughout the month of September, so use them now before it's too late.

The healthy food box company are offering 10 off when you spend 20 on their food boxes. Who said healthy cooking had to be hard?

Visit their website and enter ABELCOLE10 at the checkout. Excludes 1.25 delivery. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Fancy something a bit different? Clearspring stocks organic and premium quality Japanese and European foods skillfully prepared by artisan and professional producers. There's 25% off the entire range online. Just use the code ORGANICSEP25, there's one offer available per person during September, and you can't use it with any other offer.

Looking for a new morning blend? There's 20% off all orders at Clipper teas this month. There's one use per customer and shipping is not included, check out the range here .

Your first cup of coffee a day is important, get it right with organic roasts. Here's how to get 5 off your first order online. Just use the code: ORGANIC-CRU.

Gin fans here's one for you, here's how to get 20% off purchases over 40. Order online with the code ORGANIC17.

The countryside farm and restaurant has 10% off goodies online. Use the code organicseptember10 online for 10% off.

Us Brits love tea, so stock up 20% of their Top 5 tea products on Amazon . The offers available on:

Looking for some healthy farm food that's easy to order, try Eversefield, and get 20% off online this month. Enter the code ORGANICSEPT at checkout online. The discount is not available on items already on promotional offer and is only valid for use on one order per customer.

Everyone loves chocolate, so treat yourself to some organic goodies. Use the code GBSOIL10 for 10% off all chocolate and gifts online. The discount excludes to delivery costs.

Stock up on organic healthcare with 10% off all products in store and online at Jan de Vries. Offer available during Organic September in all Jan de Vries stores and online with the code ORGANIC10. Cannot be used with any other promotion.

Use the code GQORNX17. Redeemable during Organic September on any Organix or Organix Goodies foods at Waitrose this month, there's one redemption per customer.

No code needed for this one - there's 20% off all products online and 0.50 off Nut M*lks in store.

Cooks will love this offer, there's 10% off Bart ingredients and organic spices online with code BARTORGSEPT. There's one use per customer but shipping isn't included. The offer is only valid on organic products.

This one's great for date night! Enjoy 50 off a River Cottage Cookery Course or 15 off a River Cottage Dining event with the code ORGANIC SEPTEMBER.

Cider fans you're in luck, there's 15% off Wyld Wood Organic Cider this month on 500ml bottles and bags in boxes.

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Organic Doritos offer a way into Whole Foods for Frito-Lay – Chicago Tribune

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Amazon.com's acquisition of Whole Foods is coming at just the right time for Frito-Lay, the snack giant known for Doritos, Ruffles and Funyuns.

The PepsiCo division has versions of 11 core chip brands without artificial ingredients -- including Lay's, Tostitos and Cheetos -- and aims to break out of the traditional snack aisle and get into organic grocery stores. The lineup, marketed under the name "Simply," meets all the criteria needed to be sold in Whole Foods, according to PepsiCo executive Jonathan McIntyre.

It's all part of a push to build a more healthful reputation for Frito-Lay brands, a significant undertaking at a company famous for bright-orange cheese powder. Natural products are the biggest source of growth for the industry right now, said McIntyre, who oversees research and development for PepsiCo's snacks. And Frito-Lay sees an opportunity to reach new customers -- and charge higher prices -- by targeting organic-food shoppers.

There's also more pressure to get a foothold at Whole Foods during a time when Amazon is threatening to upend the supermarket industry. The e-commerce site is using the grocery chain to support its food-delivery business and looks to take market share by cutting prices and integrating online and offline operations. But the big enticement at Whole Foods remains the promise of healthful and wholesome products.

"The notion of clean and simple is very important to a segment of consumers," Frito-Lay Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Saenz said in an interview at the division's headquarters in Plano, Texas. "They're searching for that."

The main question is whether Whole Foods will be an ally in helping Frito-Lay establish good-for-you credibility. So far, the chain hasn't shown signs of embracing Doritos and similar brands, which some shoppers consider junk food. But Amazon's takeover of the grocery chain could bring an opportunity to make inroads.

The e-commerce behemoth already sells Frito-Lay's Simply line on its website, and it's clearly willing to make changes at Whole Foods. When the acquisition closed on Monday, Amazon immediately slashed prices on many products and began stacking its Echo devices next to groceries.

The old Whole Foods might have turned up its nose at big makers of consumer-packaged goods, but Amazon could have different ideas -- especially because smaller suppliers may not be able to meet its more ambitious demands, said Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Ali Dibadj.

"Amazon's acquisition makes it much more likely that Whole Foods will carry these better-for-you brands, even if they're made by large incumbent CPG players," he said. "The smaller brands just can't keep up with the spending and velocity required from Amazon anymore. We expect Whole Foods to carry more -- and more big brands too."

PepsiCo declined to discuss its relationship with retailers, but it's working on several fronts to reach the type of shoppers who frequent Whole Foods. Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi has emphasized the importance of better-for-you products and laid out health targets for its food and beverage portfolio.

Along the way, the Purchase, New York-based company is creating new brands, reformulating existing products and acquiring upstart businesses. PepsiCo released an organic version of Gatorade last year to appeal to the natural-food set. Frito-Lay introduced Simply Organic Doritos and Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Jalapeno this year, and the snack maker plans to continue adding brands to the Simply lineup moving forward.

One of the most daunting challenges is changing Frito-Lay's reputation. Most people don't associate its main snack brands with words like natural or organic, Saenz said. That's why Frito-Lay introduced the Simply name.

On the packaging, the "Simply" appears in capital letters above the brand logos, and labels prominently spell out the lack of artificial ingredients. The company found that shoppers often needed some convincing, Saenz said.

"Some of the feedback we hear often is, 'An organic Dorito? Really?"' she said. "We want to make sure that the credibility is coming through loud and clear."

Frito-Lay needs to push into premium products because its core business is getting squeezed, Bernstein's Dibadj said. Private-label products are stealing customers at the low end, and the natural brands are attracting well-heeled shoppers.

"All consumer companies right now are trying to figure out how to get into the natural shelf space and the natural home's pantry," Dibadj said.

PepsiCo isn't the only food giant burnishing its nutrition panels.

Mondelez International Inc. developed a line of crackers and snack bars, called Vea, that have no artificial ingredients or genetically modified organisms. Campbell Soup Co. agreed to pay $700 million for an organic soup and broth company in July. And Kraft Heinz Foods Co. is working to clean up its hot dogs.

PepsiCo's chief beverage rival, Coca-Cola, is reformulating more than 200 products to reduce the sugar in its drinks.

Acquisitions are another way to reach organic shoppers. In 2006, PepsiCo bought Stacy's Pita Chips, whose products are already in Whole Foods. But until the Simply line came out, the company's core snacks never met the grocer's requirements. Frito-Lay has been gradually releasing products under the new banner.

Whole Foods didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

"The challenge is, will Cheetos ever connote 'good for you'? That's a difficult premise to work on," Dibadj said. "But perhaps Cheetos Simply can connote 'better for you,' and that might be enough for some consumers."

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As geopolitical tensions with North Korearise, shares of Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN) are all over the place. First up 1.6%, to $41.25, now down 0.12% Tuesday. Shares are off their early morning highs, though, opening near $43 after the company beat on earnings per share and revenue expectations.

Hain stock had been on a tear, but accounting issues derailed the stock over the last few years. Those issues are in the past and Hain is now doing OK, TheStreet's founder Jim Cramer, who also manages the Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust portfolio, said on CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment.

The big concern is Whole Foods Market (WFM) . The natural and organic food trend is still very much alive, which plays right into Whole Foods' wheelhouse. However, now that Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is running Whole Foods, there are questions as to what role Hain will play and whether it will lose pricing power as a result.

Taking a broader look at consumer packaged food companies and retailers in general, Cramer pointed out that their "dividend is not protecting [them] anymore."

Expanding on that thought, he explained that investors are so unsure of the operating environment and what disruptions Amazon may introduce -- which can also be a negative for Amazon -- that the dividend yield is no longer enticing enough. Even though many of these dividend yields continue to rise, investors aren't taking the bait.

Getting back to Hain, the company is doing OK, but there are a few question marks remaining, Cramer concluded.

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With the carcass of a dead dog and 25 pounds of marijuana in a freezer at Beyond Organics, inspectors from Fraser Health gave the Maple Ridge business a high hazard rating.

There were other violations from the May 29 inspection, as well, such the conversion of a backroom office into a bedroom, because food premises must be separate from living quarters, with no direct access.

There was a heavy fly infestation inside the premises on Dewdney Trunk Road, according to Fraser Health, and foods obtained from unapproved sources. The latter violation arose because labels were missing on many meat products in both the deli cooler and freezer display.

In the comments section of the Fraser Health inspection report, it was noted pets were not allowed inside the building in downtown Maple Ridge.

Fraser Health also received a complaint that dogs were staying in the living quarters, adjacent to the main food processing area.

Health inspectors also had RCMP attend, because of the large quantity of marijuana found.

There were two follow-up inspections, on June 6 and June 15.

On June 6, according to Fraser Health, the dead dog was still in the freezer, the back room was still a bedroom, and labels were missing on meat products.

Another hazard was recorded proprietor Denis Prasad was spraying Raid aerosol in the food processing area, in an attempt to beat back the heavy fly infestation.

It was noted that the premises was not open to the public.

On June 15, the inspection found the hazard rating low, dropping to a score of three, from a high of 68 on the previous one.

Anything over 30 is considered a high hazard rating.

A note on the Fraser Health report said Prasad should contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding labelling requirements for proper or accurate labelling.

The majority of food products were purchased from approved manufacturers and processors, according to Fraser Health, and repackaged at Beyond Organics for sale.

The processor named in the report was Arctic Meats. A representative from that Port Coquitlam-based business said it does not produce organic products.

Beyond Organics has a sign on its front door that it is closed for renovations. The storefront is missing a window, which has been covered by plywood, and has broken glass on the door.

Prasad said the last inspections by Fraser Health ruined his organics business.

The dead dog was stored with dog food only.

He had a pet food business for 15 years, which was separate from his organics business, and all the meat in that freezer was not intended for human consumption.

He said it was a customers pet, stored as a favour.

Until he decided whether to cremate it, bury it whatever. Sometimes when you have a pet, its hard to decide. You just cant throw it out, said Prasad. Its just like human being dying, you dont leave it there in a chair, youre going to take him to a morgue, to a freezer.

Prasad told the Fraser Health inspectors the freezer food was not for human consumption.

It has zero human food.

He said the marijuana on site was leaves and branches, given to him by another business that wanted him to create medicinal pet food.

I threw it in the freezer and I forgot about it, he said. So it was all liquid slush.

He said the Fraser Health inspector identified the weed from the smell.

I said its not pot, pot is the bud, said Prasad. He calls 9-1-1, police, and weve got six cop cars here.

To this day, they havent charged me for nothing.

Ridge Meadows RCMP confirmed they attended Beyond Organics on May 29, and no charges are stemming.

Prasad said he is now out of business and blamed health inspectors, adding he is considering a lawsuit.

Im building a case on them, he said. Im not finished with them yet.

Meanwhile, a noxious smell is coming from the building and the city has received complaints.

The city has received complaints about the property and the bylaws department has made contact with the property owner, said Robin MacNair, city bylaws manager. We understand that the property owner is moving quickly to resolve the issue.

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Customers shop at a Whole Foods Market in Upper Saint Clair, Pa.(Photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP)

The news that Amazon would be lowering prices on a range of products at Whole Foods Market on Monday excited many shoppers.

And Amazon Prime members have even more reasons to be excited.

As Amazon completes its purchase of the natural foods grocery chain, it plans to make Amazon Prime the customer reward program at Whole Foods stores.

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There are only limited details about the perks that will be available for Amazon Prime members, but this is what we know so far:

Prime members will be able to get special savings and in-store benefits that other customers will not be able to get.

Whole Foods private label products 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch will be available through Prime Pantry and Prime Now.

Ordering though Prime Now allows members to get free two-hour delivery in select cities and zip codes. Need it faster? Prime Now lets you get one-hour delivery for $7.99.

Prime Pantry features discounts on a wide range of groceries and household products in everyday sizes instead of bulk sizes with free shipping for 5 qualifying items or more.

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In addition, Amazon Lockers will be available at certain Whole Foods stores that will allow customers to pick up items ordered online at Amazon.com at their local Whole Foods store or send returns back.

The first round of price cuts that are set to begin on Monday will be available to all Whole Foods shoppers and not just Prime members.

The discounts will be on such items as: Whole Trade bananas; organic large brown eggs, avocados, baby kale, baby lettuce and Gala and Fuji apples; "animal-welfare-rated" 85% lean ground beef; organic "responsibly-farmed" salmon and tilapia; creamy and crunchy almond butter; organic rotisserie chicken and its generic organic butter.

Amazon did not say what the price cuts will be.

Were determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone. Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Markets long-held commitment to the highest standards, Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement.

And this is just the beginning we will make Amazon Prime the customer rewards program at Whole Foods Market and continuously lower prices as we invent together.

The membership for Amazon Prime is $99 a year, or $10.99 a month. Students can get Prime Student for free for 6 months and then save 50% off on a Prime membership.

Same-day delivery? The option to share your benefits? Tech expert Kim Komando highlights the Amazon Prime perks you should start using.

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In this week's 2 the Outdoors, Terry Belke visits an organic farm in Elba, New York.

Terry Belke, WGRZ 8:43 AM. EDT August 27, 2017

Some Beautiful Peppers Await Delivery To CSA Customers.

ELBA, NY There are more than two million farms across the country, and those farms employing over 800,000 people. Of those, only about 15,000 are certified as organic farms. Perhaps that's because the certification process to become an organic farm is so stringent.

It took Porter Farms in Elba, NY three years to make the transition from conventional to organic farming. Differences between the two include restrictions in the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and rotation of crops.

But there is much more to it than that.

"Being certified organic involves an annual process where an inspector comes out to the farm," said Emily Porter, the farm's Promotions And Marketing Coordinator, "They will check the quality of our soil. They will check the quality of our water, they test it, obviously, and they want to know what we planted, when was it harvested, when was it cultivated, when was it sprayed, what was used."

Porter Farms is also a model of biodiversity. Katie Metzler, CSA Coordinator for the farm, says that a visit here will find several different crops growing.

"We don't have what's called a monoculture, which is hundreds of acres of one crop out there," Metzlersaid. "If you look around you'll see all different crops planted. We've got our vegetable plot, we've got our corn, we have our Alfalfa, we have cloverfields, we have wheat, we have triticale."

The farm also offers a Community Supported Agriculture Program, a cooperative agreement that benefits both farm and customer.

"What people actually do is they purchase a share in our farm," Porter said. "They pay us in advance, and that helps us pay for seeds and for keeping up any of the machinery. It helps us pay for labor costs, those types of things."

Metzler says their members get fresh in-season produce every week.

"Every week our members get a grocery sized bag of whatever's in season," Metzler said.

Reann Engler is an enthusiastic CSA member .

"I like to cook; I like the diversity; I like the way we get whatever is in season. Work with what's in season,"Engler said.

Porter Farms Takes Pride In Both The Quality And Diversity Of Their Crops.

Porter Farms connection to their community is no surprise. The family is beginning their third generation running the farm, and Porter says they're teaching the next generation as well.

"My daughter will come out and sell flowers, and my nephew is here on a regular basis with my brother," Porter said. "We just want to expose them to this lifestyle, so they understand the hard work that goes into it, but also the wonderful connection with Nature they can have."

It's a bountiful formula rooted in tradition, one that binds the community in a lush green embrace.

"A lot of our customers want to know, first of all, where their food comes from, but also what care was taken to avoid any potential harmful chemicals on their food," Porter said.

Engler agrees.

"It gets you closer to the community, you come in here on a Saturday morning and everyone's coming to pick up their bags, and everybody else feels the same way about organic foods and just fresh food and local food," she said.

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