by Beth Miller-Herholtz
What if you could get locally sourced, fresh food delivered right to your door? And what if you could choose products from a variety of producers who use the most sustainable farming methods? And what if you knew that the products you chose were raised and grown by local farmers? If you’re like me, you’d think you found a little bit of heaven on earth.
That’s just what Matt Coyle and Dr. Jerry Engh have created in their new collaboration called The Fresh Harvest. When Matt started working at Dr. Engh’s family farm, Lakota Ranch, he saw the difference eating food raised without using antibiotics, GMOs or grain made in his and his family’s overall health. As a world-renown orthopedic surgeon who has also raised prize-winning Devon cattle for over 50 years, Dr. Engh has seen the benefits of good nutrition first hand, both in his patients and his own family. Together, they began to think how they could expand beyond the farmer’s markets and help both local consumers and the local farming communities.
The Fresh Harvest began with 12 producers and 100 products in April 2018. Today, the online hub has over 40 producers and 500 products and continues to expand! Matt leads the operation and has worked with his team and his producers to reduce food waste. Everything comes in and goes out on the same day. They do all that they can to ensure freshness and as Matt said, “to connect people with their farmer.”
There’s no subscription fee or minimum order. All you need to do is place your order online using their website or app (The Fresh Harvest) by 11:59pm on Sundays. Each order is collected and coordinated in the early part of the week so that by Thursday, The Fresh Harvest team can package your selections and deliver the same day. All products have been picked, baked, and even juiced the day before delivery. You can also choose your preferred point of delivery: your own doorstep (no delivery fee for orders over $150), or for free delivery at Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper and the WARF in Warrenton.
Local. Fresh. Delivered. That’s a little bit of heaven on earth. That’s The Fresh Harvest.