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Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

LANCASTER FARM FRESH COOPERATIVE – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Since the day a produce manager for Whole Foods Market in New York City tasted his first bite of organic asparagus from Pennsylvania, he was determined to get the product into his store. He traced the asparagus back to a small Amish family farm in Lancaster County and drove down there the next week to seal the deal. With the help of the non-profit cooperative Lancaster Farm Fresh, Whole Foods Market began to work with this farm and 40 other Amish and Mennonite growers from the area. All the produce sold through Lancaster Farm Fresh is raised on small family farms and is certified organic.

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Kate says …

I'm originally from Lancaster County, and produce doesn't get any better than this! :)

mariko says …

Yay for LFFC! We absolutely love our CSA season-long farm-share with this dynamic cooperative! This is our second year with them and it's only gotten better. So great to see this little feature through Whole Foods! Thanks for great farm-fresh food LFFC!

Jonathan Steffy says …

I am very familiar with Lancaster County fresh produce agriculture - and yes it is some of the most fertile land around. It is so great to see a continued transition to Organic - sustainably, profitably - giving a new generation of Amish and Conservative Mennonite farmers an opportunity to stay on the family farms.

Gina Zeidler says …

Keep up the great work. I totally support local farming! Thank you, Gina

John H says …

I grew up around the the Amish farming communities in PA. The best Silver Corn in the world comes from the PA. Amish. Living far away now. Thanks for bring their goodness to us.

Janice says …

I spent 3 of the most beautiful summers of my preteen years at Camp Oak Hill in Lancaster, PA. The camp was adjacent to a farm. The owner allowed us to walk and explore on his farm and some of us learned to ride their horses. Our food (some of which I would only eat there) was wonderful! Mom was surprised that my sister and I were looking so healthy and that we ate all of the food prepared for us. Years later I learned from Mom that the farmer grew their food the same way as her Grandmother, which today we call organic. My family loves your veg - thank you.

jennifer stolte says …

Hi, I was wondering if you sell your organic produce at the famous market in Lancaster or where you sell in the area of Franklin & Marshall College? This is wonderful what you are doing growing organic and teaching farmers to farm organically :) Thank you Warm regards, Jennifer

Wendi Matyas says …

Please, Please, Please put a store in Lancaster. Love your store and never get there. Live in Lancaster Pa. I am from here and our area can only be enriched by your presence. Please????

cheryl cicioni says …

It is very frustrating, living In Lancaster County PA and having much of the organic farms send their produce out of the area to sell. Our local grocery stores have only a small percentage of healthy/organic foods and they are very expensive. Yes, we can shop for the wonderful produce at the small family owned farm stands and of those we have many and feel so blessed that they are nearby, but so much of the other items needed in weekly shopping are not there. I heard a rumor that a Whole Foods grocery store is coming to our area. Is this true?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHERYL - Unfortunately I do not see Lancaster as a store we have in development. We'd love for you to submit a store request at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/real-estate.

Charlotte Lucas says …

I am interested in healthier choices of whole foods. I just move into the area.

Bernadette D'Angelo says …

So happy to hear you're coming to Lancaster, PA. Best thing that ever happen.