It’s been a year since Roslyn natives Michael Winik and Scott Reich launched OurHarvest, and in just 12 short months, the online farmers market has met with huge success. The company, which pairs customers with natural, locally sourced foods, has gone from 20 to 200 products and expanded to include 14 pick-up locations around Long Island; though none are in Glen Cove, locations include Hicksville/Plainview, New Hyde Park, Port Washington, Roslyn Heights, Woodbury and Queens, as well as a delivery option in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.
Winik and Reich run OurHarvest with an unconventional model. By working directly with local farmers and food artisans, OurHarvest sources all-natural products at peak freshness while working with community organizations to combat hunger.
“Unlike grocery stores and specialty shops, there are no questions about artificial additives, mislabeled products or where your food comes from. We also ensure that the farmers get their fair share, so everybody wins,” said Winik.
“We’re trying to revolutionize the food supply chain,” added Reich. “The old way of doing business through middlemen and traditional stores adds cost to customers and diminishes freshness. Everyone should have access to high-quality, fresh food.”
Customers can visit www.ourharvest.com, pick the date and location where they want to shop, and peruse more than 200 products, including poultry, dairy, bread, jams, cheese, desserts and snacks. Then, they can show up on the specified date and their food is packaged and waiting for them.
“We’re really excited about the growth we’ve had,” said Winik. “Our customers value the curated experience we offer, ensuring they get the best products available in the marketplace and at affordable prices. The quality and freshness of our products is what sets us apart; we offer the local farm experience at great convenience.”
But OurHarvest is about more than just providing customers with fresh, local products. For every $25 spent, OurHarvest donates a meal to a local food pantry or food bank. Over the last year, OurHarvest has donated thousands of meals to pantries and food banks across Long Island.
To celebrate their one-year anniversary this month, OurHarvest is inviting local residents to join a month-long food drive at their pick-up locations to help further benefit food pantries.
Residents are invited to donate non-perishable items on Thursday, July 2 to the OurHarvest pickup location at Our Lady of Mercy, 500 S. Oyster Bay Rd., in Hicksville. All items will be donated to the Our Lady of Mercy food pantry.
For more information about OurHarvest, visit www.ourharvest.com.