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Local food co-op opens Lakeport pick-up site

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Jim Leonardis of Leonardis Farms has agreed to host a delivery service to the Kelseyville/Lakeport area free of charge to members. Courtesy photo.

 

 

LAKEPORT – A new food pick-up location has been established just south of Lakeport for members of the Lake County Food Co-op, Chair JoAnn Saccato announced this week.


“This will enable west shore residents who want fresh veggies weekly to pick them up without having to drive to Clearlake,” Saccato said.


The co-op, which grew from a grassroots desire for higher quality produce, according to Saccato, was organized and founded just over one year ago.


“There were many local voices calling for support of our local and organic farmers,” she said.


“Eliminating expensive transportation not only reduces our greenhouse gas emissions, but it reduces our reliance on foreign oil, which has become very expensive not only in terms of US dollars but in terms of US lives in the war in Iraq,” Saccato explained. “And frankly, the food tastes much better as it is picked fresh the day before delivery.


“The co-op has taken off and now has the support of more than 200 members throughout Lake County,” she added.


The co-op offers two products weekly, the “$16 Purist Box” of local and regionally grown certified organic vegetables and the “$9 Fruit ‘n’ Veggie Box” that are also organic from a distributor.


“Many members subscribe to the 'combo' option, buying both boxes together for $25 she said.


Saccato publishes the week’s box contents on Sundays, via email, and accepts orders until 10 p.m. Monday.


Co-op members assemble the boxes on a voluntary basis on Thursdays and, until last week, members had to pick up their boxes on location in Clearlake between 5 and 7 p.m.


Now, Saccato said, Leonardis Farms has agreed to host a delivery service to the Kelseyville/Lakeport area free of charge to members. Members are now able to pick up their produce boxes that have been paid for in advance at the Leonardis Farm.


Specific location information is available by contacting the co-op at 707-993-4270 or www.Lakeco-op.org.


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