York Fresh Food Farms | Services Update | November 13th, 2020
York Fresh Food Farms’ Mobile Produce Market launched Friday, June 12th and ended Friday, November 6th, 2020.
Upon the introduction of COVID-19 to the States and the jeopardization of human health, York Fresh Food Farms responded without hesitation, researching means for increasing & optimizing its services. In order to ensure the accessibility to fresh produce for all neighbors, York Fresh Food Farms added Home Delivery and Market PickUp ministrations to its daily Mobile Produce Market operation. These ministrations provided an alternative to shopping at the Mobile Produce Market, allowing customers to pre-order goods for either pickup at the market or delivery to the home, offering a contactless option for purchasing fresh, local produce. All payment options accepted at the Mobile Produce Market were also accepted for PickUp and Delivery, including SNAP/EBT/Food Stamp Card, WIC & Senior FMNP Checks, WellSpan Market Bucks, Cash & Card.
By continuing to accept subsidized payment programs for its Delivery Services, York Fresh Food Farms has been able to keep its market open to those dependent on subsidies like Food Stamps and therefore offering quality service in a non-discriminatory manner. Although these services were researched and offered due to the effect of COVID-19 on our nation’s (and city’s) economy and health, York Fresh Food Farms plans to continue to offer these services regardless of changes in COVID-19 status. Continuation of Home Delivery & Market PickUp into 2021 has been determined based on the large & positive response to these services, as proven by the following data, making up 23.4% of York Fresh Food Farms’ Total Sales in 2020.
In addition to the services aforementioned, York Fresh Food Farms was able to partner with June Wise of Wise Sauce to host food demonstration and recipe sharing at its weekly markets, June – August. Through the creation of over 30 Recipes and Recipe Cards, York Fresh Food Farms offered additional resources to the community at its Mobile Produce Market as well as online through Educational Recipe Videos. These resources were accompanied by the continuation of Heart Smarts, an on-site Nutrition Education Program, this year presented at 4 the Family Store & Paks Food Market.
York Fresh Food Farms is currently offering a Winter Share Program, hand-picked Homegrown Vegetables delivered to doorstep every Friday, November 13th – December 18th. Although this current round of Shares is full, we hope to offer a similar program in Early Spring of 2021.
Customers interested in Winter Shares, and 2021 Pre-Ordering Options are encouraged to go to bit.ly/y3fform to get connected with these services. This form will allow you to inform us whether you will utilize Market PickUp or Home Delivery services and will also permit you to sign up for text and/or email subscription via which weekly order forms will be sent. We also encourage those who wish to stay connected with us this season to follow us on social media, both Facebook & Instagram, @yorkfreshfoodfarms.
To sign up for our Email Newsletter, visit our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/yorkFreshFoodFarms/) & go to the SignUp tab.
To sign up for our Text Subscription, go to bit.ly/yorkfresh or text “yorkfresh” to 31996.
Again, by subscribing to email or text you will have access to our pre-ordering services which we believe will be the safest, most efficient way for everyone to shop with us. Each week, starting again in the Spring, we will send out a link to an order form to all of our subscribers.
If you know of neighbors without access to the internet, social media, or a mobile device, do not hesitate to let us know! We are happy to work with neighborhood associations & community organizations to connect with as many folks as we can.
As you might acknowledge, our increased efforts this season will require more work and more hands to make sure our neighbors are fed across York City. Visit our other website pages to learn more about how you can donate your time and/or resources to support our mission.
We love York City & look forward to continuing to serve you into 2021 as we naviagate this season of change, growth, and challenges.
Keep it Dirty & Stay Healthy,
Your Neighborhood Farmers x