12 Months and 10,000 Pounds

Farm to Freezer extends the harvest season for local and regional produce.

In the past, local produce lovers in the northeast have begrudgingly welcomed this time of year. But thanks to our friends at the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), Co-op shoppers will have access to fruits and vegetables grown on neighboring farms in the northeast even long after the close of the harvest.

Farm to Freezer

Last October, the NFCA, in collaboration with regional distributor Associated Buyers, relaunched “Farm to Freezer,” a line of northeast-grown frozen fruits and vegetables. The goal was to use shared purchasing power to increase shoppers’ access to local and regional produce throughout the year.

By working with other members of the NFCA, a network of over 35 food co-ops and start-ups across New England, Co-op members are helping to build a more sustainable and resilient regional food system.

“It’s a great way to get local produce year-round.”
—Bruce Follett, Co-op Director of Operations

Over the past year, member food co-ops have purchased more than 10,000 pounds of blueberries, organic broccoli, organic edamame, organic green beans, and non-GMO sweet corn through Farm to Freezer.

Unlike other frozen products, Farm-to-Freezer fruits and vegetables are grown and packaged in the New England and northern New York. You can find the products in the freezer section at all the Co-op’s food stores. The products are in a clear package so shoppers can see what’s inside.

For more information on regional sourcing, visit http://www.nfca.coop.

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Ken Davis

Ken Davis

Ken is a writer in the Co-op Outreach Department. Email him at kdavis@coopfoodstore.com.