Flint River Fresh is your “Farm Connector.” We promote access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown, seasonal food by connecting local farmers with schools, worksites, food service operations, restaurants, and directly with Southwest Georgia shoppers through our Fresh Box Produce Delivery Services, Mobile Farmer’s Market, Pop-Up Farm Stands, Youth Farm Stand, and Fresh Harvest Distribution Network.
This direct connection between consumer and producer
strengthens our local economy
provides environmental benefits
helps promote the culture and importance of local food.
We envision a future where everyone in our community sources a sizable portion of the ingredients for their meals from local farmers, ranchers, and producers.
FRESH BOX PRODUCE DELIVERY
The Fresh Box provides our customers with fresh, local produce delivered straight to their church, jobs or neighborhood pickup location every week! Our goal is to provide the freshest produce possible, which is often picked and delivered locally to our customers the very same day. Throughout the year, you can expect to see a large array of produce such as squash, tomatoes, assorted greens, assorted peppers, and much more. This past year alone, our farmers grew 40 diverse types of fresh produce throughout the growing season, which was reflected in the Fresh Box.
mobile farmer's market
We have partnered with Albany Housing Authority to bring fresh, local, seasonal produce to their communities with a high population of seniors and people with disabilities with our Mobile Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
Our Mobile Farmers Market is a "farmer's market and produce aisle on wheels." Families can purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables from local area farmers at an affordable price through us.
pop-up farm stand
Our Pop-Up Farm Stands are set up in familiar gathering spaces where families can purchase locally-grown, low-cost produce. They are located at schools, businesses, churches, community centers, parks, conferences, and anywhere people have limited access to fresh produce or want to learn about where their food comes from.
fresh harvest distribution network
The Fresh Harvest Distribution Network connects community organizations offering nutrition program, restaurants looking to serve local produce, and schools participating in farm-to-school activities with local farmers. We work with a network of local farmers to provide fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables year round. This provides an additional sales outlet for local farmers and encourages consumption of fresh and nutritious foods in our communities.
Youth Farm Stands
We works with local schools to coordinate the youth farm stands for the young. A youth farm stand program is a single-vendor farm stand on or near school property that is run by the youth of that school. It is appropriately titled a “Youth Farm Stand” because often, many of the youth selling the produce have grown the produce in the school garden.
A youth farm stand focuses on promoting healthy eating habits, reinforcing traditional academics, such as math and science, and building life skills such as customer service, conflict resolution and entrepreneurship. Additionally, they serve as mini–communities, modeling inclusive ways to teach the strength of diversity.
Fresh Start helps our neighbor grow their own food in raised bed gardens filled with healthy soil. Participants are provided with 2’x4’, 4’x4’ or 4’x8’ raised garden beds, Man in Overall’s Magic Mix, seeds, transplants, growing guides, and other support as needed. Gardening support is also available to families and groups outside of our target communities.
GROW YOUR GROCERIES
It is an introduction to organic, raised bed food gardening. Farmer Fredo will talk about picking a site, garden bed types, the value of good soil, seasonal varieties, watering, pests, harvesting, composting, and all the basics. You will learn how to go from grass to garden to groceries in storytelling, kid-friendly format. He will share his story about how he was able to harvest over 300 lbs of organic produce from a 100 sq ft garden.