Blue Moon Acres is celebrating its 20th anniversary season by going back to its roots. Started in 1992, this family business was founded as a CSA farm offering a variety vegetables to a handful of members. After a couple of seasons growing vegetables on their 7-acre Buckingham farm, Jim and Kathy Lyons examined their business model and found it lacking. At the suggestion of a friend, they moved to growing and selling microgreens to a variety of New York City restaurants. The demand for their specialty product was huge, and this part of the business soon took off, growing through word of mouth, and for many years Blue Moon Acres grew and sold almost exclusively microgreens.
Despite their success, "we began to realize that the viability of the business couldn't rest solely on microgreens" says Ashley Lyons, Jim and Kathy's daughter and the Sales Manager for Blue Moon Acres. That led to the purchase of a 63 acre parcel in Pennington, NJ in 2008. That land is dedicated to growing certified organic full-size vegetables, while the Buckingham farm remains their microgreen headquarters. As Ashley says: "It's taken 20 years, but we've finally come full-circle - growing the vegetables my parents originally intended to focus on."
Even with two retail outlets where Blue Moon Acres sells its produce, they still see the Doylestown Food Co-op as an important part of their community. As Ashley says: "A local foods co-op can serve as a hub - a way to connect over food. It is a wonderful way to nurture people's health and the local economy."
As a member of the Doylestown Food Co-op you receive 10% off all your purchases at both of the Blue Moon Acres stores. www.BlueMoonAcres.net.
Photo by Ashley Lyons Article by Allegra Avilla