Diners have grown accustomed to seeing Swank Specialty Produce at their favorite restaurants. Nowadays, Jodi and Darrin Swank are coming up with creative ways to get their farm-fresh ingredients to the public.
Their Swank Sacks, part of their community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, have exploded. Participants pay $60 and receive an average of 10 pounds of food—enough to feed a family of four for one week. The sacks are available for pick up at the farm or select Whole Foods.
“We’ve gone from 10 sacks per day to over 30,” says Jodi Swank. “We plan to continue supplying them through the summer.”
Swank has also kicked off its own farmers market. Held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., it features a dozen vendors selling locally produced and sourced foods. Swank’s open-air, 8,500-square-foot pole barn allows for 30 socially distanced shoppers at a time.
“This crisis is a great opportunity to introduce people to foods they’ve never eaten before,” says Jodi. “We really value the support we’re receiving from the community and hope that people will become used to fresh ingredients free of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. As difficult as things are, we may come to a new appreciation of the value of healthy living.”