A new company in Wayne County is helping to bring the farm to the table, and in just a short time it has connected farmers and restaurants as well as people.
Roughly 24 farmers are part of a collective effort to take fresh veggies, as well as meats, dairy, and the like and get it to people around Northeastern Pennsylvania that want all that on their plates.
At the Anthill Farm outside Honesdale, Lawrence Braun and his cohorts are busy packing the truck with all sorts of fresh food for his weekly delivery run.
The Lackawaxen Farm Company is the name and as Braun said, the new outfit is trying to meet the local demand for local food.
“What we’re trying to do is make all that more accessible, easier for them to get to,” Braun said.
Two trips per week, the L. F. C. truck heads throughout Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, and Luzerne counties, dropping off orders at restaurants and various pick-up locations.
It’s as easy as a few clicks on the company’s website, then your order is ready in a few days.
Dyberry Forks just opened in Honesdale and the restaurant’s owners said it wouldn’t be possible to have all local products on its menu without The Lackawaxen Farm Company model.
“They’re great to work with, not these big companies, person to person, person who planted it is delivering it, a great change to see,” said Dyberry Forks’ co-owner Josh Green.
Farmers who do it for a living, like Tim Baldwin of Safford Farm near Lake Ariel, said the demand for locally grown produce is growing and the new way of doing things helps the bottom line.
“It allows me to plant more stuff that I know I’m going to have an outlet for, that’s the hardest part,” said Baldwin.
As for Braun’s part and his partners’, they believe getting back to relying on local farming isn’t a novelty anymore and can take root within the future generations of both consumer and farmer.
“What we’re trying to do is build an infrastructure for healthy clean local food so that there’s a local economic system built around agriculture.”
Folks with The Lackawaxen Farm Company said they want what they’re doing to attract more young farmers to come to the area and plug right into the system.
That way they can focus on farming and leave the rest to the economics of supply and demand.