Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and, "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary questions with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $31.50 worth of organic produce delivered from Farm Fresh To You.
The fecund fields of the 300-acre Capay Organic farm, founded by a duo of UC Davis grad students in 1976, overflows with verdant arugula, juicy Bosc pears, succulent apples, and other natural-grown treats that Farm Fresh To You ships directly to more than 6,000 front stoops. Subscribers can preview the contents of their order online, where each delectable item is linked to a corresponding recipe on the new Farm Fresh To You recipes page. While the exact contents will vary from zip code to zip code, Farm Fresh To You recommends a regular, mixed-fruit and veggie box ($31.50) to cover a couple or small family for up to two weeks, and a ravenous horde of fruit bats or fruit Batmans will prefer to feed on a large, fruit-only snack pack loaded with as many as 30 oranges and 9 lbs. of apples ($110). Choosy eaters can also customize deliveries to get more of the foods they love, bringing them that much closer to living their dream of snorkeling through a bathtub of kohlrabi. Check here for availability in your area.
Davis Life magazine toured Capay Organic farm, the homestead of Farm Fresh To You. Edible Sacramento named the Barsotti brothers at Capay Organic in the Top Farmers Under 40. Yelpers give Farm Fresh To You an average rating of four stars:
- I've really been forced to branch out and learn to cook vegetables I normally wouldn't buy at the store, and that has really been a fun and healthy thing. – Emily M., Yelp
- The program offers an excellent opportunity to introduce nutrition, get your family making dinner together and to teach your children where our food comes from. – Marie Chapman, Davis Life
Farm Fresh To You
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.