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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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 G. Scott Brown
Urban Gleaners + Farm to Fit = Less Waste
For most, Thanksgiving week centers around food. Heaps of potatoes, gravy, pie, turkey, rolls and . . . . more leftovers than we could ever finish.
Excess has become part of our holidays. Except for those who live with food insecurity.
A few years ago, we were shocked to learn the average middle-class, American family of four throws $1,500 in the garbage from their plate, annually.
Which makes us proud of our relationship with a local food-waste reduction program. For the past two years – once a week – a crew from Portland’s Urban Gleaners (a local non-profit) picks up Farm to Fit’s edible, surplus food and redistributes it to agencies feeding the hungry across Portland.
Yet, everyone can do something in their own home. In fact, the USDA and EPA just announced an initiative to reduce U.S. food waste by 50 percent in 15 years! This wave of change and awareness is just beginning; we’re hopeful for the future of better food management across America. And, we’re excited to be a part of this movement.
Waste-Less Food Tips
- Many fruits give off natural gases as they ripen, making other nearby produce spoil faster. Store bananas, apples, and tomatoes by themselves, and store fruits and vegetables in different bins.
- Befriend your freezer and visit it often. For example, freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit, or meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time.
- Buy boxed milk or milk alternatives that can be shelf-stable until you need to use them.
- Wait to wash berries until you want to eat them to prevent mold.
- If you can’t reduce waste. Divert it from landfills. Donate to food banks and learn about composting.
- Learn the difference between “sell-by,” “use-by,” “best-by,” and expiration dates.
– Tips courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
*Photos courtesy of Urban Gleaners
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!
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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 Lambposted in Team Farm to Fit
Team Member: Madi Taylor
Position: Food Packager and Delivery Driver
Delivery Route: Downtown NW
How long have you been with F2F: “7 Months”
Favorite Music to pack bags to: “90’s hip hop/R&B”
Favorite F2F dish to eat: “All of the salads”
Best part about working here: “The crew is awesome, and…it’s fun!”
If you could deliver F2F to one person dead or alive who would it be?: “All of the spice girls”
Favorite Holiday activity: “Cutting down Christmas trees! – Also, dressing up- you know, nice bow tie”
Best place in Portland to get a non-healthy snack: “The burger at Bar-Bar”
by Rachael Lambposted in Team Farm to Fit
Team Member: Ernesto Pong
Position: Dishwasher and Prep Cook
How long have you been with F2F: “3 months”
Favorite Music to work to: “Rock”
Favorite F2F dish to eat: “Paella”
Best part about working here: “Getting the dishes done”
Favorite Holiday dish: “Flan”
Favorite non-healthy food: “Pizza”
by Rachael Lamb
Team Member: Jeremy Baumgartner
Position: Executive Chef
Favorite F2F dish to cook: “The sweet and sour chicken – or the kung pao.”
Favorite f2f dish to eat: “Chicken picatta or carnitas.”
Favorite music to cook to: “Country”
Favorite kitchen appliance/tool, and why: “The tilt skillet – it has huge capacity: I can do 20 gallons of stew fast.
Best part about working here: “Great people and the owners are great to work for. I love the challenge of getting my favorite dishes to fit calorie requirements.”
Best part about being a chef: “I get to create new dishes and love when people say their food was awesome.”
Favorite place in Portland to get a non-healthy snack: “Killer Burger.”