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The Need To Feed, Cultivating Community

October 2, 2020
Greg Georgaklis

The need to feed others is part of my Greek heritage.

Greek families love to feed others, whether they are hungry or not! It is about the making of the feast, the connections over a meal, family traditions, and the pure joy and love that come from sharing food.

Since the demand for food from Farmers To You exploded in March, we set a goal to carefully increase capacity and have made great progress. We’ve added trucks, hired many new team members, streamlined our systems, and we even moved! Since mid-August, we’ve doubled our space at our new Hub in Middlesex, Vermont. 

I am not a fan of a waitlist because it feels like someone comes to my door, wants to be fed, and I must turn them away. An act that completely goes against my heritage. 

As many of you already know, we are working fast and furiously to keep our partner families well fed while we invite more families from our waitlist. We know how important it is for you to know the farmers who grow your food, how they grow it, the ingredients, and even who touched it before it reached your home.

We have also worked with many of our farmers and producers to encourage them to increase their production so we could support more families with their delicious food.

Like regenerative farming, healthy growth comes at a natural and gentle pace. Rapid growth is typically unhealthy growth. We have been careful to grow our capacity in a way that will strengthen us and our ability to feed and support our families and farmers. We thank you all for your patience.

Moving forward, we plan to carefully and gradually begin sending invitations to our waitlisted families. Please be patient as we navigate this complex process. We really do want to feed you!

It has been an extraordinarily busy time for our team and the farmers. I can imagine it is also busy for you as you navigate the many issues created by the pandemic. 

We aspire that in this fractious time especially, Farmers To You can continue to cultivate a community that loves its food, trusts their farmers, and comes with a healthy dose of predictability, health, and peace in life. Our authentic feeling of community is a blessing for me. I hope it is for you too.

Thank you for your patience and for the support of farmers and food producers. Thank you to you, and welcome to some, on being part of the commitment to build a safe, healthy, and close-to-home food system that we all call Farmers To You!