Full Circle Follow-up

Since I posted last about trying some Full Circle Farm produce, I’ve had mixed results with what I’ve received. A couple of items have gotten frosted in transit and got soft spots right away. Bunches of greens are smaller than I expected. In last week’s box, the spinach came wrapped with a twisty-tie that says “Produce of Mexico,” although the packing slip says it’s from “California Growers.” I’ve emailed Full Circle to see why the discrepancy and am awaiting a reply.

Otherwise, the produce quality is fine. It’s easy, should you choose, to change each week’s order online–substitute one item for another, or switch box sizes, or put your account on temporary or indefinite hold.

But I feel like a traitor to the Alaska producers. And I still have plenty of garden greens in the freezer plus carrots in cold storage. Options are a good thing, but I think I’ll put my Full Circle account on hold until we use up what we already have.

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7 responses to “Full Circle Follow-up

  1. As an Alaskan vegetable grower, I am not surprised by anything you have wrote. I too was just in San Diego County and went to a bunch of grocery stores, co-ops, farmers markets , and even a mushroom farm. Here’s what I saw: Washington Apple Boxes filled with Mexican vegetables. A little tiny barcode sticker gave it away. All one has to do is go to the USDA website and see how many trucks are crossing the border with food that’s packaged or I should say repacked (or a simple sticker) placed on a box in Arizona, California, or Texas. Look at where the food we eat is being grown and I can tell you its no surprise that Mexico, California, Yuma, Arizona and Florida is where most of the vegetables are coming from right now. NAFTA has made this happen. It’s not bad! It’s just what is! Full Circle is a distributer plain and simple. And I can tell you it’s hard to deliver produce to Alaska in the winter in perfect shape. So be proud that you are eating from your storage. All the best!

    Dart-AM Farms, LLC
    Manley Hot Springs, Alaska

  2. John, thanks so much for your thoughts! I wish more Alaska farmers and food producers would promote their business like you do. Your presence on Facebook has really raised my awareness of what you’re doing. Bryce Wrigley (Alaska Flour Company) is the only other person I can think of who’s actively working social media to get the word out about his products.

  3. If I could figure out how Full Circle could improve their quality, I would be in a much better position to out compete their business. For the time being, I plan to grow between Feb-Nov. We too need a rest and time to do all the things that don’t get done in the summer. My produce is Fresher by Far!
    I am planning an expansion. Wish me luck and spread the word. We are always open to new ideas and resources that may fit into our farm plan.
    If I set a New Years resolution for 2012, it would be to be in the Anchorage market on a weekly basis by 2013! I’m talking to grocers/organic/local and Food Co-op people. If the money is available we could bring some spring grown local produce to your neck of the woods. It wouldn’t be cheap though because of my labor and fuel. But as always you get what you pay for! Buy Alaskan Grown Fresher by Far!

  4. I always seem to be happy in the winter with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, rutabagas and frozen greens. I don’t miss anything else, but I am a bit more likely to order a salad on the occasional time I end up out to eat. It’s fruit that I end up buying from out of state. I tried hard this year – I canned apple sauce and some jam (that I still have some of – I’m not a huge fan of jam because it is too sweet! Yes…I know I could break down and use pectin and not use sugar), and I froze a lot of strawberries, wild blueberries, currants, and rhubarb. I’m down to rhubarb. Maybe next year the back yard orchard will be productive enough that I’ll make it through the winter, but with a fresh fruit loving kid I do buy a lot of organic pears, apples and oranges in the store in the winter.

    • Katmainomad, it sounds like you’re doing great with local foods! I have some rhubarb “jam” that’s more like sauce (didn’t set) that I’ve used as a dressing for cabbage/fruit salads this winter. What are you growing in your orchard?

  5. I’m moving up to Barrow, and my friends who are in villages have touted FC’s produce. However,hearing about the Mexico twist tie is quite disconcerting… Did they ever respond to you? I’d be curious to know.

  6. Maureen, I never did hear back from them about that twistie tie. Thanks for reading here!

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