The Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program was established in 2015 to provide biweekly shares of local fruit and vegetables to those members of our community suffering from diet-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition to the bounty in each share, participants receive program support materials designed to build confidence in cooking and eating locally and seasonally, plus tips for safe storage and handling of produce at home.
In partnership with several private and public employers, the successful program has expanded to include Fresh Farmacy: Workplace Wellness Program which is designed to complement an employer’s existing wellness and health initiatives. In this format, shares are delivered directly to the workplace, and participants receive digital resources to support a shift to local and seasonal cooking and shopping habits. Many workplace programs include photo and recipe contests, additional optional shares of eggs and cheese, and tasting events throughout the season. Local Food Hub distribution staff works closely with our partner farms to plan production of products that are well suited for direct-to-consumer programs, such as personal melons, pints of fruit and cherry tomatoes, and meal-portion sizes of green beans, fingerling potatoes and leafy greens. Shares are comprised of 6 to 8 seasonal, local items and always include several no-cook items like fruit and salad greens.