Chesapeake Farm to Table, an online marketplace that has been available to restaurants for the past three years, has expanded its services this week to the public.
For a $40 minimum order — with no subscription or delivery fees — customers can choose items from around 25 local farms or food vendors that Chesapeake Farm to Table will then deliver to a pick-up site. At any given time, there are close to 200 items available, including an array of produce, meats, dairy products and artisanal offerings.
Because farmers set the prices of the items, offerings are reasonably priced, according to Heather Hulsey, executive director of Chesapeake Farm to Table.
“We’re not the classic middle man. We exist solely to support farmers,” she said, adding that the company launched as a farm-owned cooperative in 2015. “We are farmers and we want to support farmers. We’re mission driven altruistic people.”
A typical order of $40 can include: a block raw milk cheese; a dozen pasteurized non-GMO eggs; a bouquet of fresh cut flowers; some fresh herbs; a pound of kale; and package of ground pork, Hulsey said.
The ordering period runs Wednesday through Sunday with a delivery date of the following Wednesday, Hulsey said. Customers can chose one of three locations to pick up their orders: Towson Tavern, Culinary Architecture in Pigtown, and Remington Wine Co.
“We hope to have home delivery in our future,” she said.
Hulsey also foresees additional distribution locations in the future.
“We want to keep it manageable for now,” said Hulsey, who added that the company is seeking nonprofit status. “Once we are sure an confident that everything is perfect, we will continue to expand.”