Blue Moon Acres began 23 years ago, in 1992, in Buckingham, PA. The farm’s first effort was as a CSA and then quickly transitioned into micro greens sales to restaurants - locally, in Philadelphia, and New York City. While high-end quality micro greens remains its top priority, Blue Moon Acres purchased a 63-acre certified organic farm on agriculturally preserved land in Pennington, NJ in 2007 to expand its product line. In 2007, the farm was simply “a field with fencing.” Initial development started with utilizing three acres, including building a shed and a barn. Today, 25 of the 63 acres are in active production.
Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream: Their creatively scripted website tagline defines them perfectly: A delicious experience of classic and original handcrafted ice cream and treats. “Delicious experience” …. I would have to say, “Yes, accurate!”
I had the pleasure of speaking with Danielle Jowry, founder and co-owner of Zsa’s. I began by letting her know a Co-op colleague and I have a fondness for the same soothing activity: curled on the couch, with a favorite book in one hand, and a Zsa’s ice cream in the other. Danielle loved the imagery as it is her passion to make people’s days a little better. “We love our products and our customers and knowing when we are a special part of someone’s day.”
THANK YOU TO NATURAL AWAKENINGS FOR PRINTING THIS ARTICLE IN THEIR JULY ISSUE
FOOD DEMOCRACY - We have an inalienable right to know what we are eating.
The only way to know with 100% certainty what is in your food is to grow it (and test it) yourself! In fact, The National Gardening Association reported that in 2009 43 million Americans had a food garden. But growing tomatoes, peppers, and basil is not going to fill our bellies and most people want much more food than they are interested in or able to produce on their own.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Markowitz, owner of in-town restaurant Hickory Kitchen, at the Co-op not too long ago. When I first met Mike at his restaurant as a new customer, over two years ago, he made it a point to get to know me. During our interview at the Co-op, I quickly learned that is what Mike does, over and over – gets to know his customers on a first name basis; gets to know their preferences; and makes sure his customers are happy and satisfied with their orders. If not, he will make it right – like replacing an item, or adding a complementary treat – his customers’ satisfaction is his joy.
Everyone is invited to shop at our community-based market.
We're working to provide convenient, year-round access to healthy, fresh, local, and organic products.
We work closely with our local producers and incorporate the feedback of our members-owners in developing and designing our store and co-op community. Our Co-op is now open to owners AND non-owners alike!