The Chef’s Garden in Huron, OH, has partnered with Medical Mutual of Ohio to send the farm’s fresh vegetables to Medical Mutual customers.
According to the Plain Dealer, Medical Mutual’s 1.6 million customers can receive regular shipments of a variety of produce for $25 a box. The boxes weigh five to nine pounds, and customers can choose box themes such as Asian Salad Selection, Veg-of-the-Month, and the Kitchen Chef Box. Small packages of herbs and edible flowers can also be ordered. The vegetables are harvested by hand the day before they are shipped.
This program, which started in January, allows people to receive vegetables from The Chef’s Garden that otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
The Chef’s Garden grows produce for high-end restaurants such as the French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Café Atlantico in Washington, DC, and Aureole in New York City.
Some of the proceeds from the program go to Veggie U, a five-week program supported by The Chef’s Garden that teachers fourth-graders how to make good food choices.
The partnership with Medical Mutual is part of The Chef’s Garden’s plan to expand beyond just restaurants.
The farm also works with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. The hospital, outside Detroit, buys produce from the farm for patient meals, the cafeteria, and a demo kitchen that is used to teach people from the community how to cook healthy meals. Hospital employees and patients also have the opportunity to buy produce from The Chef’s Garden.
To read a story about The Chef’s Garden from American Vegetable Grower,