In 2021, we decided to express our support to local business that share same green values than us. It ‘s almost Spring time and for the new upcoming season we have the pleasure to introduce to you the AWESOME SLO VEG, the local harvest delivery box! 🙂
- What is SLO veg and how it support local farmers
SLO Veg is a subscription-based local produce
delivery service here in San Luis Obispo! We offer Harvest boxes which include
selections of peak season fruits and vegetables, we also offer fruit boxes as
well as certain grocery goods such as sourdough bread, fish, legumes, juice,
One of the pillars of our business is
community. Our mission is to build community through fresh, local, and
sustainable food. A huge part of our outreach is featuring products from local
farms and businesses as we feel that buying local fosters opportunities to connect
with and show support for our neighbors.
Our business not only aims to serve our
customers with fresh, delicious produce, but also attempts to benefit the
farmers that we purchase from. Our subscription rates help offer our farmers a
clearer picture of their predicted demand. This helps local farms delineate
their resources based on consumer interests. Our subscription service also offers
financial assurance for local farms which they can then use to compensate
employees with livable wages and invest in necessary tools and materials needed
for farm upkeep.
- How do you choose to work with farmers, what
are the criteria
We’re not picky! Our main criteria consists of a company being
local, preferably organic, and sustainability focused. Our biggest agenda is to
serve this community, we love to offer new products when we can and are always
looking for fun new collaborations for produce offerings and marketplace
- Can you explain,
enable sustainable crop production by small farmers
believe that buying from smaller farms is better for the community, better for
the earth, and better for our bodies. Small farms do a better job of accurately
portraying the supply and demand needs of a region. This, in turn, leads to
less pollution, maintains biodiversity, and does a better job of preserving the
nutrient integrity of soil. Additionally, since there is a higher prevalence of
resource limitations associated with smaller farms, they’re typically more apt
to employ sustainable farming practices such as cutting back on water usage or
harboring nutrients from natural sources.
- How can we be green consumer
a consumer, you have direct control of where your money goes. That said, it is
important to do your research regarding the mission statements and values of
whatever company you are interested in supporting. As we’ve highlighted, we
encourage shopping local as it’s better for the community and more
tips that we recommend is doing your part in minimizing your consumer waste.
Purchasing from companies that utilize recyclable/compostable packaging is a
great place to start. We have so many fun secondhand thrift stores in the
central coast which are great places to pick up mason jars and reusable
containers that can be used for bulk purchasing from grocery stores. When it
comes to food, specifically produce, the way you store it has a huge impact in
the longevity of your food. We have storage tips listed on our website that
will help keep your produce fresh for two to three weeks! Lastly, we always
recommend composting, food waste happens to the best of us, and being smart
with your waste and food scraps makes a huge difference.
- Can you tell us which veggies and fruits in California are
live in an amazing climate that allows for a huge variety of seasonal fruits
and vegetables all year round. To name a few, we’ve been featuring lots of beets,
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, and squash in our harvest
boxes. As for fruit, we’ve been featuring tons of kiwis and citrus such as
Meyer lemons, tangelos, blood oranges and grapefruits.
been seeing signs of Spring popping up around SLO and are getting excited for a
fresh new selection of amazing produce, hello strawberry season!
- How consuming locally can help climate change
Consuming locally is a really effective way to
cut back on emissions and energy. In America, conventional food travels 1,494
miles on average to get from the farm to our dinner tables. The closest farm
that we at SLO Veg purchase from is
across the street from our production and distribution site. Local purchasing
is an awesome way to do your part in cutting back on the fuel and energy
necessary for food transport. Remember that the phrase “farm to table” is so
much more romantic when that “farm” is a local one.
- What green business means to you guys
We are so fortunate to live in such a
beautiful place that grants access to so much of the outdoors. Our shared
values and interests surrounding outdoor activities has brought our team
together here at SLO Veg, we often get together on weekends to go hiking and
climbing together. With that, we feel a huge sense of social responsibility to
do our part in preserving, respecting, and enhancing the environment by being
intentional about company waste and conservation efforts. To do this, we’ve
collaborated with several local initiatives to donate any extra food or food
waste that we end up with. We also make a conscious effort to minimize plastic
by using recyclable boxes and compostable bags/containers. We also save all the
packaging that we receive from our farmers so that we can give it back to them
to be reused.
Part of being a sustainable business, in our opinion, is always looking for opportunities to grow and be more environmentally conscious where we can. There’s always room for improvement and we’re always seeking out ways to make better decisions for our business and for the earth.
SLO Veg – Central Coast Harvest, Delivered To Your Door.
805.704.8230 & [email protected]