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Locally Sourced: Q&A with Liberty Delight’s Shane & Lauren

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Following up on our post from Tuesday about SAGE's partnership with Liberty Delight, we talk with livestock farmer Shane and his partner and marketing guru Lauren about their circuitous paths to the farm, their day-to-day life, and how they keep their animals happy. Shane, how did you come to the farm? I grew up on a small farm in Carroll County, MD. I was your typical kid growing up on the farm, and getting to play with the animals. I was...


Locally Sourced: Liberty Delight Farms

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In honor of Liberty Delight’s 10th anniversary, we’re celebrating our partnership. We’re proud to offer their meats at several MD schools and the SAGE Home Office. Liberty Delight, a natural livestock farm in Reisterstown, MD, was founded by Shane Hughes in 2008, right at the start of the buy-local movement. It’s grown from one man to a 15-person staff, and from only beef to include rabbit, pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb. Surrounded by natural preserve, the 100-acre farm has six...


Locally Sourced: An Interview with Sarah Bernstein of Farm Fresh Rhode Island

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Building on our last post about Farm Fresh Rhode Island, we’re interviewing Sarah Bernstein, Program Director for Food System Enterprise. Sarah’s background in education, sustainability, and local foods informs her work with Farm Fresh RI. So let’s start by asking the obvious—why is local sourcing important? There are so many reasons! Because less time has passed from harvest to customer, it’s fresher and it tastes really good. Its vitamins and minerals haven’t been depleted in the same way as something that’s been...


Locally Sourced: Farm Fresh Rhode Island

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The mission of nonprofit food hub Farm Fresh Rhode Island is “To grow a local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of farmers and eaters.” The organization was founded in 2004 as part of a student project at Brown University, to increase access to local food in Rhode Island. One of the first outcomes of this project was the Local Food Guide, an extensive online database of local farmers and producers that’s open to...


Locally Sourced: Hearn Kirkwood

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Hearn Kirkwood, a family-run fresh foods distributor in Hanover, MD, has built its reputation of quality food and service over the past 71 years. We had the chance to chat with third-generation CEO Charles Gilbert, who happily noted, “There’s nothing like having a fresh produce company and loving to cook.” What do you do as a supplier? We strive to be good partners with our customers when it comes to their customers and their profitability. We do this by...


Locally Sourced: Arnold Farms

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Arnold Farms is one of several producers that provides SAGE venues with fresh, local produce through wholesale supplier Hearn Kirkwood. Here, Farmer Bob Arnold talks about tough love, trial and error, the supply chain, and his hopes for the future of our food system. How’d you get into farming? 40 years ago, I got thrown out of college for the third time—and it wasn’t for academic excellence. My mother was at her wit’s end, and she said, “Bob, [there are]...


Locally Sourced: Q&A with Devin of Sardilli Produce & Dairy Company

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I was first introduced to Sardilli during a visit to SAGE’s Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, when their white truck pulled out of the mist of a still-dark morning. Later that day, I found myself rinsing the deep green leaves of the crisp, cool Swiss chard that had come in on that same truck. I couldn’t wait to learn about the company that brought such fresh, beautiful produce to our dining halls. The next afternoon, I arrived at the impeccably clean...


Locally Sourced: The Farmer’s Cow

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Many of us remember drinking milk from those little paper cartons at school. The benefits are undeniable: bone-building calcium, muscle-building protein, energy-giving carbohydrates, and satiating fat, all in one delicious package. That’s why milk—both hormone- and antibiotic-free—is a beverage staple at many of our SAGE venues. One of SAGE’s vendors providing this healthy drink is The Farmer’s Cow, a six-farm dairy cooperative in Connecticut that provides milk and other dairy products to six of our schools in CT. Here’s what...


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