|Produce delivered to your door|
Blessing and Ewer founded the company in 2007 to support small and medium-size family farms and local food producers AND to give consumers access to healthy food year round, even outside the growing season when many of us can work farmers markets into our routines.
|Matt Ewer, GBD co-founder|
Green BEAN (which stands for Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition) only took two years to expand from Indy to Cincinnati, thanks in large part to the founding couple's friendship with Cincinnatian John Freeland -- they all attended Indiana University together -- who is now Vice President of sales and marketing for the company and is based in Cincinnati.
Other BEAN locations include Louisville and Columbus.
So from the consumer's standpoint, how does it work?
Customers go to the website (www.greendelivery.com) and select their location. Next, you set up an account and a delivery schedule -- weekly, bi-weekly or monthly -- for your groceries. There's no long term commitment or minimum length of time in the program, so you definitely can do a tryout and see how it works for you. There is however a minimum order of $35, but with no extra delivery or membership fees. And then you go to another page to select your stuff. While they do emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables they also offer a comprehensive list of packaged foods, dairy products, fish and seafood and more. Some but not all of the produce is organic, and preference is given to local and regional farmers and producers.
|John Freeland, with Cincinnati GBD|
I spoke with BEAN's John Freeland, who emphasized that what they do is "not a luxury service." Their mantra is "convenience, affordability, and accessibility," he said, and their mission is to create "a network of farmers and artisans and take it directly to consumer's doorsteps."
Your order comes in a green bin (as in the photo), kept cool by freezer packs.
Cincinnati residents can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-761-BEAN (2326) for more information.