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Hog Days of Summer

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Hog Days of Summer
Photo courtesy of Black Hog Farm

I love Wednesdays. Not because it’s hump day. Because it’s hog day. Every Wednesday, Black Hog Farm delivers my bounty of locally grown fresh produce directly to my front door. My farmers market now comes to me.

Photo courtesy of Black Hog Farm
Photo courtesy of Black Hog Farm

Black Hog Farm, a 400-acre farm in rural Palatka, Florida, offers its Farm-to-Door delivery of local produce, grass-fed meats, eggs, and local honeys throughout much of the Jacksonville metro area. Each week, I log on to the website and “fill my basket” with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. For the more adventurous, the Farmer’s Choice basket changes every week based on what is harvested. It’s a great way to introduce the family to new veggies and experiment with new preparations.

But this is not just business for the owners of Black Hog Farm—it is a passion. This family of fourth- and fifth-generation farmers wants to rewind family dinners to a time where our food came from the land and not a package. They’re on a mission to educate people about fresh produce and the unique and creative ways to prepare it.

And if Farm to Door isn’t convenient, how about Farm to Gym? Black Hog Farm has teamed up with the YMCA in North Florida and delivers to its 12 fitness centers. This fall, they plan to open retail kiosks at two YMCA locations that will be open to the public five days a week. Working out and eating healthy will be easier than ever.