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by G. Scott Brown
Farm to Fit’s 5th Birthday:
Proud to Be Leading the Way for Local “Farm to Home” Healthy Eating
Today, is Farm to Fit’s 5th Birthday!
As a small business, we appreciate how hard it is to launch a start-up and we are so proud of how far we’ve come in this community.
Because of superior customer service and a growing demand for fresh, healthy, gourmet, local, portioned, meal delivery in the Pacific Northwest, Farm to Fit has grown at 100 percent every year. We’re thrilled to be a part of the “farm to table” community and especially grateful for our relationships with local farmers, suppliers and purveyors.
Back on November 1, 2011, Farm to Fit owners, G. Scott Brown and Dre Slaman made their first Farm to Fit meal delivery to 7 customers. They were working out of a 500-square-foot shared kitchen with one chef. Aside from the actual cooking, Brown and Slaman did everything else; prepping, taking orders, deliveries, washing dishes, marketing, connecting with farmers and suppliers . . . even taking out the trash each day!
This year, Farm to Fit moved into a 3,600-square-foot, custom commercial kitchen. And, today, we have a staff of 18 employees: 1 executive chef, 1 sous chef, 4 cooks, 1 prep person, 8 packagers and delivery drivers, 1 customer specialist , and 2 office managers.
We now serve 275 clients each week. Our new kitchen in Northeast Portland gives us the ability to accommodate even more Pacific Northwest customers — we’re now delivering all the way down to Salem. In 2016, we also launched a successful Vegetarian Menu and gave our clients the opportunity to manage their meal selections with our popular Signature Dish Menu.
Farm to Fit continues it’s active role in our Portland community. Each week, Urban Gleaners collects our edible, surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. The non-profit redistributes the food to agencies feeding families and children. We also have a relationship with Care Oregon, supporting their Food Rx program and their effort to use nutrition as a tool to speed up recovery for patients throughout the city. We love to donate meals to local schools and non-profits who make Portland great.
Keep a look out for even more new and exciting things from Farm To Fit! We are doing exactly what we set out to do – creating a convenient way to eat healthy, always.
by G. Scott Brown
We’ve Expanded to Oregon City & Salem!
You asked, we delivered (pun intended)! We’ve expanded our large delivery reach to include Oregon City, Keizer and Salem. As you know, we currently deliver to the entire Portland-Metro market, including Vancouver. And, starting this week, Farm to Fit’s hybrid delivery cars will be seen driving south to the neighboring cities of Oregon City, Salem and Keizer, as well. This was the next step in our expansion. We listen to our customers’ requests and the requests have been for us to expand further south in the Willamette Valley. So, we have partnered with the fantastic Courthouse Fitness in Salem and Keizer and Snap Fitness in Oregon City to bring Farm to Fit meals to your area! Click here to order and chose one of these new spots as your pick location!
by G. Scott Brown
Vegetarian Meal Planning at Farm to Fit
By Halla Byer, MScN, Resident Nutritionist
Making the switch to a vegetarian – or even just a plant-based diet – can be overwhelming. Ordering meals from Farm to Fit is a great way to get ideas and vegetarian nutritional support.
If you’re considering a vegetarian diet, you might be wondering what your protein options are. The answer is a little bit bigger than just protein. There are three key nutrients, iron, folate, and vitamin B12 – all typically found in animal products –which are essential to your health.
The good news? These nutrients are also found in plants. But why do they matter?
Without adequate amounts of iron, folate, and B12, you may become deficient, and potentially anemic. Anemia is a fairly common, but quite serious condition that affects the size and quantity of your blood cells. Most people who show signs of anemia feel fatigued on a regular basis, and the risk increases even more for females.
Our goal at Farm to Fit is to make sure we have a nutritionally sound vegetarian menu so you can continue to feel great. As a nutritionist, my job is to comb through every recipe and analyze each day of the vegetarian menu to make sure our clients are getting the perfect amount of those three key nutrients.
Here are a few plant sources we’ll be including in the vegetarian menu to make sure you’re as healthy and fueled as possible:
• Iron: Beans and lentils, tempeh, tofu, dark leafy greens, quinoa, prunes, potato skins, raisins, apricots, watermelon, almonds, sunflower seeds (some of these make great snacks on their own, too!)
• Folate: Beans and lentils, black beans, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli.
• Vitamin B12: nutritional yeast, crimini mushrooms, tempeh
***Side note on iron: There are actually two types of iron, heme and non-heme. Heme iron is found in animal products, which will be limited to eggs and dairy in the vegetarian menu. Non-heme iron is found in plants, but in order to be absorbed, non-heme iron requires a little vitamin C, so we’ll make sure to get that in there too!
by G. Scott Brownposted in About Us, Chefs, Dre and G, Foodie PDX, fun stuff, Healthy Living, Team Farm to Fit, Uncategorized
We’ve Moved and It’s Better Than Ever!
By Dre Slaman and G. Scott Brown, Co-Owners
We’ve been busy these last nine months… We have created our perfect kitchen and we couldn’t be more excited!
Our new location in Northeast Portland started as an old warehouse filled with used Volvo parts. After months of meticulous design, permitting, and pre-construction hullaballoo, we finally broke ground on February 1st! We have more than doubled our space in our new 3600 sq’ kitchen that features 3 huge walk ins, 36 feet of hood space, and a ton of brand new equipment.
Our new digs not only mean lots of shiny new stuff, but allows us to continue to serve you the best product possible, expand our delivery area even further, and add additional offerings on to our menu (snacks and desserts, anyone?)
We are ecstatic to finally be moved in and hope you come see us soon! You can find us at 5411 NE Portland Highway, Portland, OR 97218. Our phone number and email is the same: email@example.com 503-688-9248
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by G. Scott Brown
How Meal Delivery Pioneers – Farm to Fit –
Stand Above the New Competition.
By G. Scott Brown and Dre Slaman, Founders, Farm to Fit
We realize that delivery – and specifically meal delivery – is booming in Oregon and across the nation. Frankly, we’re flattered the concept is being replicated.
More families, couples and individuals are prioritizing mealtimes, good nutrition, and convenience.
Farm to Fit was early to arrive to the Portland meal delivery market in 2011. With so many new players trying to punch into this industry, we wanted to explain how Farm to Fit continues to stand above the rest. Here’s what makes our Farm to Fit meal delivery formula different:
4+ Years Strong
Farm to Fit has been in the business of meal delivery for over four years and we’re growing strong. We’re even opening a new – triple in size – kitchen in the next few months.
Tracked Portion Control
Our nutritional tracking is premiere. We track and guarantee calories and sizes. Calorie meal plans are tailored to fuel your specific lifestyle and help you achieve your goals. In 2016 we are working to do even more to customize portion control for our clients.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our customers have the option to order every meal, every day of the week. Year-round. Order online today.
You can choose to receive 3, 5, or 7 days of Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. You can also feed your whole family or just one person. We’ve got options.
Chef Driven Menu
Because we’ve been in the market so long. We have a tried and true formula for our solid, gourmet menu with over 500 different meals, created and cooked daily by our team of experienced, professional, award-winning chefs.
Giant Service Area
We deliver to a large swath of the Portland and Vancouver area (all the way out to West Linn and Hillsboro). And we’re open to new delivery drop-sites all the time. View all of our meal delivery and pickup locations.
As Local As We Can Be
We source all of our ingredients from as many local farmers and purveyors as we can. We are proud to be rooted in Oregon, where year-round farming affords us an amazing localized menu and access to fresh cheese, eggs and meat.
Local, Unwavering Customer Service
We are a locally-owned and owner-operated company. We take immense pride in our personalized care and service. In early 2016, we plan to launch an updated website for menu and ordering, where you can further customize your menu.
Strong Local Fitness Partners
We value our relationships with the local fitness community and our meal plans are often delivered direct to our local gym partners. See all of our partners here.
by Rachael Lamb
November 1st marks four successful years of providing Portland with healthy, delicious, and convenient meals! Being a part of our community in this way has been an amazing journey thus far, with its conceivable challenges and unforeseen rewards. In the past year alone, we have grown considerably, (even almost out of our brand new kitchen!). We have doubled our sales every year since we opened and just this month have hired even more kitchen and packaging staff to help bring Farm to Fit to your door! We’ve spent this year focused on giving back too. We have donated meals, weekly, to kids who don’t have food for school lunches, food insecure adults throughout the city in need of meals and medical care, and even sponsored a dinner for instructors teaching girls and boys about violence prevention. We are humbled to be part of this community and We are so grateful to YOU, our loyal customers – for all of this would never been possible without your support!
In the coming year we are looking forward to another move, (this time to a GIANT kitchen!) in order to accommodate even more Portlanders, and those living beyond the city limits. With the plan of expanding our delivery parameters, launching a vegetarian menu, and giving our clients the opportunity to manage their own schedules and meal selections with our brand new app, we will be that much closer to our original goal of creating an easy way to always eat well.
Thank you all for joining us in this journey!
Win a Farm To Fit t-shirt by posting your favorite F2F meal this week on Facebook or Instagram with: #farmtofit
by Rachael Lamb
Have you noticed the significant difference in our pasta dishes lately?! What has added such flavor, texture, and wholesomeness to our Tuscan Lasagna, Chicken Spiedini, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Turkey Bolognese, Shrimp Arrabbiata, etc? That would be Adam Berger’s hand-made pasta. Farm to Fit has recently made the transition from dry pasta to fresh, local pasta that is made right down the street from us! Adam Berger, the long-time owner of Tabla Restaurant (on the corner of NE 28th and Davis), has launched an organic premium pasta line called “Rallenti” which he serves at his restaurant and which is now available to you via Farm to Fit! I got a chance to chat with Adam this morning at Tabla and learned quite a bit about the pasta-making process as well as the artist himself. (more…)
by Rachael Lamb
We’re super excited to unveil the new face of Farm to Fit!
It’s been a long time coming that we update our logo – a lot’s changed in 3 years. We’ve moved into our own kitchen, outgrown a decent-sized walk-in, and just recently built a shed for more storage space. On top of that, we’ve worked on perfecting our recipes so that Portland can experience how delicious health food can be. Thank you to all of our loyal customers – and welcome to the “new” Farm to Fit (with that same great taste)!
by Rachael Lamb
There is a growing population of Americans who have begun to buck the bad habits that sometimes come with living the ‘fast life’. You know, that daily grind of: up and at ’em out the door – work. school. errands. chores. meetings. phone calls. commutes – and finally home, starving, looking at that empty fridge. We all know how easy it is to succumb to take-out meals or pre-packaged, processed foods that have low nutritional value. Fast food exists on every corner for a reason. It’s hot, it’s ready to eat, and it’s right there. However, we all know the detrimental effects of a fast food diet on our bodies, our local communities, and our conscience. That’s why so many are starting to seek out healthier alternatives. At Farm to Fit we combine the slow and the fast, thus making healthy, hearty eating possible without any time lost. Let us spend the day braising, marinating, kneading, pickling, poaching, etc. so that you have the time and energy to do what YOU do best. (more…)
by Rachael Lamb
Let’s face it, healthy eating has some pretty serious side effects. It can help improve mood, decrease stress, battle disease, increase longevity, and can be the key to weight control. The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is annoyingly cliche, and annoyingly true. Eating is an interaction of chemicals when you get right to it. How food smells, what it looks like, how you remember it tasting and how it does tastes cause a release of chemicals within your brain. These chemicals can do all kinds of things from make you feel full, to make you crave sweets. A healthy diet gets your body into the habit of releasing a balanced amount of hormones, which gives rise to a multitude of positive side effects. (more…)