Monday, November 23, 2009

Food Cooperative Sprouts in the Off Season

Turkey at Downing Family Farm

The fable of the grasshopper and the ant is an allegory for how hard work during good times can prepare a person for the struggles that lie ahead. That rings true for lovers of Tulsa-grown food as it did for their agrarian grandparents before them.

If no one raised his own meat, dairy and eggs and no one preserved summer’s bounty to supplement a cellar full of winter squashes, everyone would be headed to the grocery store for apples grown in Fiji and meat raised by factory foremen rather than local farmers.

As Cherry Street Farmers Market, the largest farmers market in the Tulsa area, came to a close this summer, though, one man had an idea.

“My customers would ask, ‘What am I going to do without your eggs?’ and, ‘I don’t want to have to go a grocery store for my chicken,’” said Wes Downing of Downing Family Farm, 90 miles northeast of Tulsa in Grove.

After some thought and a little hustling for partnerships, Tulsa Clean Food Market was born.

Learn more about the Tulsa Clean Food Market on the Food page of this week's edition of Tulsa Business Journal.

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Maria said...

I live them and use then for my eggs and chicken!!! Local and I can talk to them about how my food is raised! I LOVE it! :-)

Traveling Spork said...

Dude, thanks for featuring the Downing farm. You inspired me to contact them for a price list for direct delivery here in Miami. Coolness…no more walmart meat for me . Yuck.

Traveling Spork said...

Hey, do you think you could cover the topic of the whole Coop thing? I have always wanted to get a box of locally grown food but the Oklahoma Coop website itself confuses me as to how to get involved.

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