Genna Bowman likes to know where her fruits and vegetables come from. Sifting through the choices in nearby Peachtree Corners grocery stores she didn't like what she saw. Food shipped in from far away states and even other countries.
Bowman, an admitted "veggie lover," thought there had to be fresh fruit and vegetables that were grown nearby that were available. She began looking for surrounding Georgia farms for organically grown produce.
You could say a seed was planted as she searched for fresh produce to serve to her family. That search grew into a new business venture she calls Farmers Delivery.
The business is a farmers market on wheels of sorts. Bowman reasoned that most everyone, given the choice, would prefer fresh produce, but simply don't have the time to make the trip to the farm - so she makes the trip - and delivers right to your door.
Today she, along with her two daughters, who she admits "have sort of been drafted," deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to customers in Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake and Johns Creek.
Bowman buys certified natural grown and certified organic produce from farms located in Loganville, Rockmart, Ellenwood, Danielsville and beyond. The choices may very each week depending on what's ready for harvest.
"It's a wonderful way to bring good, wholesome food to the area," said Bowman who thought making the food easy to get by offering home deliveries "would be helpful."
Here's how it works. Each customer has a choice of bin sizes which holds the produce they will order: petite bin serves 1-2, standard bin serves 3-4 and family sized bin serves 5-6. Prices start at $29 and payment can be made on the website.
Bowman posts the fruit and vegetable choices on her company's website each Friday. Customers then make their choices online and the following Thursday the orders are delivered to the customer's home or office in special bins that are packed with refrigerator packs to keep the vegetables fresh.
Each week the choices may vary, one week it may be fairy tale eggplant, apples and rattlesnake pole beans, the next, spaghetti squash, cherry tomatoes and sunflower sprouts.
"I try to encourage people to try a variety of the fruits and vegetables," said Bowman. The website also offers recipes for those unsure how to prepare the variety of produce.
Bowman says she hopes to "slowly acquire new customers and broaden the company's delivery area. And after the fruits and vegetable business catches on, she'd like to expand by offering spices and rubs and pantry products such as stone-ground wheat.
Bowman said it was her love of food, that lead her into the business. An interior decorator by trade, she said after much consideration she thought the business idea was a good one.
"There are all kinds of good things out there, and I'd like to make it a little easier for my customers to get them," she said.
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