Snow or no snow, Tomato Tomato will begin delivering bags of fresh, local produce this week to hundreds of customers, including several corporate clients.
The year-round indoor farmer's market at 2634 Horizon West 156th Circle will distribute the first of 15 weekly CSA shares (community supported agriculture) to its members, which include Alegent, ConAgra, Union Pacific, Nebraska Medical Center and other Omaha-area businesses that want their employees to have “fresh, local produce options each week,” owner Jody Fritz said.
Fritz said the corporate drops came about after Health and Wellness officials at some of the companies contacted her about providing shares.
Happily neither snow nor falling temperatures have subtracted from Tomato Tomato's first installment. The first week's offering will contain three pounds of locally-sourced tomatoes, English cucumbers, radishes, romaine lettuce, raw honey and a pound of cornmeal.
“The tomatoes are from a 24-acre greenhouse under glass in O'Neill, and the radishes, lettuce and cukes are coming out of hoop houses,” Fritz said
Fritz founded the farmer's market five years ago after her father-in-law requested help selling some extra tomatoes he had raised in his O'Neill, Neb. vegetable garden. Today, she works with more than 20 local farms.
Located at the northeast corner of 156th and West Center Road, Tomato Tomato is open to the public and carries locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, meats, eggs, cheese and organically certified products.