Trying to promote locally grown produce and sustainable agriculture practices, Four Seasons Produce Inc., Ephrata, Pa., is donating a portion of its organic produce sales to a sustainable agriculture organization.
For every carton of organic produce it sells through April 24, Four Seasons is contributing 25 cents to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, to mark Earth Week.
Two of the wholesaler’s suppliers, Chambersburg, Pa.-based Lady Moon Farms Inc., and organic mushroom grower-shipper and marketer Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, West Grove, Pa., is upping the ante by matching Four Seasons’ contributions for every carton of their branded produce Four Seasons sells.
Ron Carkoski, Four Seasons’ president and chief executive officer, said the effort is a part of the Northeastern wholesaler’s support of smaller conventional and organic growers.
“Especially in light of consumer emphasis on sustainability and purchasing local grown product, our organic and conventional customers are asking what we are doing to promote sustainability in the marketplace,” Carkoski said. “This is something that has been very critical to us and our success, especially during the seasonal times of that produce. Throughout the year, as much as possible, people are looking at what can be done and how it can be done.”
Carkoski said Four Seasons has been working to support the sustainable agriculture group for three years.
Four Seasons distributes produce to customers throughout the Northeast and eastern Midwest from north of Boston to the Virginia- North Carolina border and west to central Ohio.