While many industries have been forced to halt operations during this global crisis, small local farms never stop growing, literally. We at Colab Farms are proud to be amongst a handful of small, local farms still working to provide our communities with fresh, local produce.
Yes, we have had to adjust the way we do business and refocus on growing early harvest and higher demand items, but our ability to make quick shifts has made a huge difference for us and for our customers. Prior to the need for social distancing and closing of many businesses, we sold most of our produce to local chefs/restaurants and at the Sunday Green Market in Stuart. When the decision was made to close the Green Market we switched over to an online solution. Customers shop at our online store and then do a “drive-thru” pick up at our Linden Street location 2 days a week.
We are able to maintain social distancing and customers never have to leave their cars. Each week we offer a variety of “produce boxes” and a la cart items such as our heirloom tomatoes, homemade hummus, sourdough bread, and honey. All the produce is grown at our farms in Martin County. We also sell our free-roaming chicken and duck eggs. We have been fortunate to partner with other local vendors in the area and offer their items on our website. Some popular partners are The Pattie Lady (Bahamian patties), Roasted Record Coffee, Cecilia’s Tamales, Hani Honey, Dog Mamma’s dog treats, The Baked Pancake Company, and Pasture 714 chicken eggs.
We are grateful to our community and our outstanding staff for allowing us to stay open, busy, and safe during this time.