The Salem YMCA is kicking off a program to provide farm fresh, local foods to the community through a partnership with Farmers To You, an organization of more than 50 Vermont-area farms and over 430 families in the Boston metro area that work together in a small-scale direct-to-consumer distribution system.
The new YMCA program aims to give families the opportunity to buy local foods from a select group of regional farms and craft food producers year round through customized weekly orders.
"The partnership with Farmers To You is perfect for the Salem community," said Salem YMCA Executive Director Jason Silva in a recent announcement. "Members can come to the Y, get a workout, take a class, and also pick up their personal order of nutritious food each week. The organic dairy, naturally raised and pastured meat and eggs, breads, fruit, and vegetables available through Farmers To You are top quality ingredients for wonderful healthy meals."
YMCA is seeking 25 families to kickoff the program. Salem area families are invited to create an account at farmerstoyou.com and make a weekly recurring order that can be modified or completely changed at any time.
Each week, Farmers To You updates families with the availability of new seasonal items, news from the farms, and provides recipes for simple, nutritious meals. Orders will be delivered on Wednesdays between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Crombie Street Lot on Essex Street in downtown Salem.
"The plan also includes having YMCA teens help manage the pickup site providing volunteer experience, skills and knowledge in food, customer service and distribution," Silva said. "And, it's not just for YMCA members. Anyone who is looking for quality food can join."
When 25 orders are placed, Farmers To You will notify families and start delivery as soon as possible. For more information, visit the program website. More information at farmerstoyou.com/salem_ymca
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