New co-op to support food from local producers

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JO DAVIESS COUNTY–A new local co-op, Jo Daviess Local Foods (JDLF), is making it possible for Jo Daviess County residents to order food and other items from local producers at jd.luluslocalfood.com.

The website allows customers to order anytime from Thursday noon to Monday noon and can then pick up their orders on Tuesday in their town of choice: Galena, Elizabeth, Hanover, Apple River, Warren, Stockton or Mt. Carroll.

Exact locations and times of deliveries are listed on the website. More locations may be added in the future.

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JDLF currently has local producers offering beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, honey, wine, fresh vegetables and fruits, herbal products, natural skincare products, non-toxic cleaning sprays, native plants and flowers. They hope to soon offer baked goods, locally-grown nuts, grains, and more. Products are labeled on the website as pesticide-free, non-GMO, organic, naturally grown, etc. Produce is picked shortly before delivery so it is fresh, delicious, and high in nutrients.

This effort is part of a national movement to promote locally-produced, healthy foods raised with sustainable and environmentally-safe practices. JDLF intends to aid rural economic development through small-scale agriculture and improve the quality of life for people who might otherwise need to travel long distances to obtain healthy food. This co-op allows customers to know their farmers, support the local economy, and do their shopping in an easy and convenient way.

Small membership fees will help defray costs of the website and delivery. Customers can try their first week free by using the membership code “One_week_free.” After that, customers can choose which membership level works best for them: weekly, monthly, seasonally, semi-annually, or annually.

Inquiries from customers or producers may be directed to Erin Keyser, JDLF administrator, at jdlocalfoods@gmail.com or 815-990-5374.

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