Knowing the farmer who grew your food is the best way to know if you are getting the freshest and healthiest food available. Food today comes with all kinds of certifications and labels, like “non-GMO”, “organic”, or “all-natural”. These can be misleading and/or confusing. It has been suggested that the most important certification you can look for in your food is “face certification”; can you look into the face of the people who grew this produce when you buy it?!
When you buy produce from 5 Loaves Farm you are investing in sustainable, “beyond organic”, local agriculture that restores health to the land we use, doesn’t spray toxic chemicals on our food, ever (whether they are “organic” or not), and delivers produce to consumers at the peak of freshness, with most of our food being distributed to customers within a day of being picked! Coming to CSA farm share pick-up, our farm stands, or seeing us as we deliver to your restaurant, and receiving this food hand-delivered to you by the people that planted it as a seed, is the best kind of certification your food can have.
And what a large, diverse, incredible team of people we have growing your food at 5 Loaves Farm! Each comes with their unique background and set of skills that makes the farm better. We have Anthony, one of our seasonal staff, who has lived his whole life in the city, right here in on the west side of Buffalo, and Matt, the farm manager, from suburban upstate NY, along with Seth, the assistant farm manager, from rural PA. Charissa, our newest staff member, here this year as a part of BUMP, is an international student from Indonesia. Some of our youth interns grew up right here in Buffalo, others moved in from rural WNY, others were born in Thailand, the Philippines, or Tanzania. This incredible mosaic of faces reflects the dream we share for our community. A place where people from all different backgrounds are united around good food as well as a love for this place, our neighbors that live here, and the One that brought us all together.