Highmark® Blue Shield Farmstand
Growing roots in our own backyard
To provide all members of our diverse community with year round access to a wide variety of responsibly cultivated food. The Highmark Blue Shield Farmstand, as an integral part of Easton’s downtown Market District, works to strengthen our region’s food economy in the following ways:
- placing a strong emphasis on sourcing products from within a 50 mile radius
- working directly with small regional growers
- expanding the availability of farm fresh produce in a low-access urban area
- connecting the public with growers, educators, and culinary professionals
- educating the public on current issues regarding food, nutrition and health
- engaging in ecologically sound and socially conscious business practices
- offering transparency and fairness in all aspects of our operation
- reducing food waste
Just ask – we love to tell the story of local!!
Q: Who is the Farmstand?
Q: Why buy local food?
- It keeps money local. The 2013 Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley Food Economy Report found that if everyevery dollar received by food-related farms in the Lehigh Valley generates on average an additional 45 cents in economic activity household in the Lehigh Valley spent just $10 a year on local food, it would generate almost $100 million in economic activity in our community.
- Field-to-plate, it is more sustainable. Transportation costs are lessened and carbon emissions are reduced. The majority of farms that partner with the Farmstand are either certified organic or chemical- and GMO-free, and work hard to practice agriculture in an ecologically sound way.
- It tastes better! Food that hasn’t traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to reach your plate is fresher and more nutritious.
Q: How do I know where my food comes from?
Q: How do my purchases support local farmers?
Q: How does the Farmstand think about local?
Q: Why do you source non-local food?
Q: What do you provide during the winter season?
Q: How do we fulfill our mission to engage and serve vulnerable communities?