As the demand for locally grown fruits and veggies has increased, urban farmers markets and community-supported agriculture are exploding in our region. Now a local company is bringing it all to your doorstep.
Relay Foods is essentially a farmers market on wheels. From local fruits and veggies to locally-produced cheeses and even coffee. Relay Foods is all about linking local consumers to the local food movement.
Caesar Layton, Senior Vice President for Relay Foods, says it's all about offering a convenient option to consumers who care about supporting the local economy, sustainable living and high-quality food.
"Relay has probably the largest selection of farmers market-type local foods you can purchase," Layton says. "We do have a lot of very local, made in D.C. food, while a lot of our other food is within 50-60 miles."
Elissa Parker gets a couple deliveries a week from Relay Foods and says what she loves is not just what's delivered, but also the Relay Foods website and all the information on the local vendors: "So I know exactly what I'm getting and from whom."
The company started in Charlottesville, Va. and has just entered the D.C. market. They claim they can support all your grocery shopping needs - from basics to specialty foods to local produce.
So what about the cost?
"Our prices are comparable with Whole Foods," Layton says. "For conventional products, it's the same as the local Giant."
Delivery fee is $20 a month for unlimited deliveries. Or you can pick up the groceries for free at one of several pick up locations.