I feel it’s important for me to take some time to address the concerns about the recall that happened with romaine lettuce recently. Coincidentally, we had romaine lettuce in our box this week, we usually have a different lettuce variety. For those who don’t already know, I source from small, organic, sustainable, or biodynamic farms at our local farmers market.
Since we started SavRaw Local Farm Box, I have not fallen back on warehouse distributors, under any circumstance. I’ve faced the most challenging situations, times where I thought, “we might not be able to get veggies for our customers today, what will I do”? I still managed to work it out and not buy from a distributor, because I’m confident in the sources that I know. A good example of this was the recent Malibu fire. We did not know whether or not the farms would be able to make it here. I took it day by day, placed my order with them, and hoped for the best. What was risky about this, is that if they couldn’t make it, everyone would be credited towards the next week, if everyone was credited, the basic expenses to run SavRaw would not be able to be paid. I didn’t consider buying from a warehouse to fill the orders. Miraculously, the farmers made it here.
Before we started SavRaw, I was running a different company, that suggested that I buy from distributors and grow the company much bigger. That wasn’t what I felt at all. I had been getting to know the farmers at the farmers market. I spoke to some of them for hours, learning about how they grow, and what makes their soil better. I feel that we need more small farms, and we need to support the ones we have. In those times, some of them weren’t getting quite the amount of support that it seemed they needed. (It’s become more popular now.) In fact, some of them were facing bills and government fees that were quite challenging. I wanted to do everything I could to share with the world, my ambition for supporting them directly.
Here’s what Alex from Frecker Farms wrote to me, in response to one of our customers who expressed a concern. I think this helps sum it up so nicely. Thank you Alex for everything you do.
"Our small 34.5 acre farm does not distribute produce nationally. Ecoli and other bacteria that cause these recalls come from a contaminated source and are not associated with romaine lettuce, but are associated with said contaminated source. Plus we practice food safety, source water from our own private wells, and do not cross-dock with any other farms or distribution chains."
We also get our lettuce from “The Garden Of”, who posted about this on their instagram page.
I hope this reassures more of you out there, and you feel even more confident about our sources. I know I do. May you be blessed with the best foods to nourish your body.
I am a big fan of people donating to small farms. They make the world a better place and they donate food to people. They also harvested for markets they couldn’t do because of the fire.