After dinner at one of our favorite Local First eateries, the Electric Cheetah in Grand Rapids, we headed over to a nearby warehouse for the pick-up, which is a designated day and time once a month. To become a member, you sign up online and pay $35 per year. Then you place a monthly order online during the shopping window (first week of the month), print off your invoice, bring it with you to the warehouse, and pay for your goods that night.
Beyond what you’ve requested through your online order, you can buy directly from the vendors the night of your pick-up. They almost always have a surplus of goods.
On our way out, I saw two women by a trailer full of meat and we got to talking. They were from Crane Dance Farm in Middleville, Michigan, where they operate a sustainable, regenerative, pasture-based farm.
Even better, they’ll be joining the vendors at the Holland Farmers’ Market–where I shop half the year–taking the place of Providence Farms, our original source for grassfed meat. (In fact, Mary and Jill from Crane Dance adopted the herd from Providence Farms when it stopped operating. How’s that for connection?) We bought some meat from them with the cash we had left. Watch for a future blog post about Crane Dance Farm after we’ve sampled their beef.
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