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MW resident important role in expansion of organic food delivery

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Farming has always been an important part of the Hamilton family, which resides in Mount Washington.

“My dad’s family is a long line of farmers,” said Morgan Hamilton. 

Her grandmother had a garden growing up and her mother, Sheri, recently started a school garden at Nichols Elementary School.

So it was only fitting when Morgan accepted a position two years ago as the Kentucky general manager of an organic home delivery company.

The company, Green BEAN Delivery, was started in 2007 by a local farmer, Matt Ewer and his wife Elizabeth. 

The goal of the business is to promote healthy eating and sustainable practices.

“There’s nothing like a really good summer tomato or summer squash,” Morgan said.

Green BEAN also strives to support local farmers and artisans, such as Blue Dog Bakery and Rooibee Red Tea, and features their products for sale on their website.

“It’s important to buy local,” Morgan said. “It’s good for the economy and honestly it just tastes so great.”

In order to sign up to use this service, guests can visit the site, click on their location and choose a membership which ranges from $28 to $42 a basket. Morgan said the minimum purchase amount has to be at least $35.

Guests can choose to have their bins delivered to their house every week or every other week, she said. First time users should check the coverage map to see if they are in the delivery area, but they can also pick up their bin from the warehouse which is located at 4813 Pinewood Road in Louisville.

“We are still expanding,” Morgan said.

Besides Kentucky, Green BEAN also delivers to Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.

Customers are also free to customize their bin as they choose. In addition to fresh organic fruits and vegetables, they can also select items such as meat, milk, pasta or eggs to put on their order.

“What you are getting is really good quality,” she said. “And it prompts you to cook more so that you donít waste it.”

There is also a sign up online for those local farmers and artisans who wish to offer products for sale.

 Morgan said the businesses go through a screening process before they are accepted as a vendor of the company. The staff visits the farms to make sure good agricultural processes are being done and that no sprays or chemicals are utilized.

'We want to check out how they operate,” she said.   

So far, the company has been successful in efforts to avoid waste. She said they order everything on Friday and send it out early the next week. Then any product left at the end of the week is taken to a food bank.

Morgan accredits the virtual shopping cart as another reason for minimum waste.

“When you’re buying online, it might help you get rid of bad choices that you might have made and added to your cart at the grocery store,” she said. “It’s a choice to make healthy decisions online and review if you really need it or not.”

Morgan said they are always getting something new in the warehouse each week and are looking forward to bringing more farmers on this summer. 

“We release recipes every week so if we have an unique item (in your basket) then you know what to do with it,” she said.