By Eileen Weber
Kevin Staehly thinks he’s on to something. He launched a delivery service, The Simply CT Store, which provides fresh organic produce from his family’s farm in East Haddam. Along with baked goods from Gottas Cider Mill in Portland and handmade artisanal cheeses from Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in Old Lyme, he has a nice selection of tasty treats to choose from.
“It’s our take on a CSA,” said Staehly, who helps his parents run the farm. “But you can pick and choose what you want instead of just getting what’s planted.”
Much like Pea Pod through Stop & Shop, you can access an order form online and have it brought to your home. Deliveries take place three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And if you miss the cutoff for delivery, no worries. They still offer all of their products at their farm stand and at the farmer’s market in Madison.
The service began in May, but they’ve already gotten a lot of positive feedback. Right now, they only deliver to Middlesex and New London counties. But if the service takes off like they hope it will, they may expand into other counties as well.
“I want people to feel good about there they’re getting their food,” said Staehly. “But we wanted more convenience for our customers.”
Chelsey Hood, one of Staehly’s customers, loves the service. “It just makes so much more sense,” she said. “You know it’s fresh because it’s just been picked.”
She went on to say that it essentially cuts down your carbon footprint of your food considerably. By the time you calculate the distance your food has traveled just to get to the supermarket, you could already be enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farm.
“I love to get their corn,” she said. “It’s my favorite thing and I cannot wait.”
Wade Chartier is also a happy customer. So far, she has gotten carrots, rhubarb, preserves made at the farm, lettuce, scallions, and local honey. “He keeps adding things as they become available,” she said.
Chartier has also tried Staehly’s direct competition, CT Farm Fresh Express. But while they have more variety, she said the quality of the food is the same.
“I try to buy local as much as possible,” she said. “I know it’s going to be fresh and taste better and it’s good for local businesses.”
Staehly, a 19-year-old student at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, will have to hang up his delivery shoes when he goes back to school in August. The last delivery day will be August 24. But if the demand is high enough, he said his parents offered to pitch in to continue the service into the fall.
For more information, visit the Staehly Farm web site or click here for the Simply CT site to order your produce today.
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