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Ways 2 Help: Local Businesses and Farmers to Partner With Produce Delivery Service

Posted at 7:26 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 20:27:06-04

This is the time of year we typically see farmers markets all across Green Country, but with the recent restrictions, local farmers are left without places to sell.

Local Farm OK, a produce delivery service, is hoping to help other farmers get their products to families in such an uncertain time.

It's also hoping to hire more people while the demand for delivery services goes up.

“We’ve been a farm to home delivery service for almost five years now. We deliver to the Tulsa metropolitan area Tuesday through Friday,” said Ashley Neal, owner of Local Farm OK.

She says with the current restrictions shutting businesses down and putting people out of work, her company’s purpose is clear.

“It’s always been our mission, local food. It’s our passion,” Neal said.

“So, what we’re doing now since there are so many restaurants and food providers out there that are having to find new avenues to get their products to the people, we have started partnering with new people, like we’ve added on glacier chocolates and limelight catering products last week and then now we’re going to work with Antoinette's as well. I just heard from a mushroom farmer this morning," Neal said.

She’s hoping to keep local businesses, farmers and workers afloat.

“So, everyday the sign-ups are changing and as we grow, we are going to continue to grow our staff. So, that’s something that we want to help people that are out of work. We’re in this together," Neal said.

While it’s easy to focus on the negative impacts the coronavirus outbreak is having on our community, Neal says she’s seen something good. That good is a resurgence in people helping their friends and neighbors and putting money back into the community where we live.

“They’re supporting us locally. They’re supporting local farmers. They are supporting all of the other local food providers that we are bringing on their goods and it’s exciting,” Neal said.

For more information about Local Farm OK, click here.

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