Creating Healthy Neighborhoods by Connecting Farmers, Institutions and Consumers
David Eson, February 23, 2009
4:30pm - Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall
David Eson grew up on a small family farm in Western Ohio where he raised fruits and vegetables for a local farmers' market. Operating this enterprise between the ages of 13 and 19, he relied on his family to make it successful.
David has been assisting farming families with distribution and market development since 1997. He has worked for the extension service and various non-governmental organizations and now operates his own business, Isidore Foods LLC.
Isidore Foods began in 2006 as a business to provide marketing services for farms and local farm food delivery services for consumers. In its first year, 2007, Isidore Foods provided community supported agriculture marketing services to three farms and local food delivery services for 200 customers. Each farm produced fruits and vegetables. The principal focus was a pilot project with the University of Pittsburgh. The pilot served 150 customers.
In 2008, Isidore Foods developed and implemented its on-line ordering system, partnered with a local distributor to handle the purchasing, packaging and delivery of orders and established buying relationships with 40 farms and businesses. These farms and businesses produce fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, milk, cheese, butter and various pantry items. Isidore currently serves over 500 customers which includes delivery sites at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
The company's mission statement is - To be the most socially responsible, environmentally sound and financially profitable Internet local foods subscription company in Western Pennsylvania while simplifying and enriching the lives of our customers, staff, farmers, suppliers, businesses and community partners.