Farm-Fresh Vegetables Harvested, Packed and Shipped with Bowtie Service
Whether we’re shipping our regeneratively farmed vegetables to chefs around the country and world—or to home cooks who appreciate the ability to provide their families with the maximum in flavor and nutrition—one thing remains the same: our top-quality bowtie service.
For more than 30 years, we’ve developed and maintained an outstanding reputation for our noteworthy customer service—with a sticker of a red bowtie on each box of fresh produce that we ship to signify our commitment to you.
You matter and we care.
Now here’s the background behind the name of “bowtie service.”
Farmer Lee Jones Shares the Story Behind the Story
Going back in time, when Farmer Lee was in high school (and, no; he isn’t willing to say what years those were), he found a way to write book reports without actually reading the books: Cliff Notes. “We thought,” he admits, “that we were pretty smart, the first group to ever figure this out.”
Then . . . a teacher assigned Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Farmer Lee found himself so engaged in the story of families as they desperately tried to hold onto their farms during the Great Depression that he pushed the Cliff Notes to the side to read the entire book. When their last-ditch attempts to hold onto their farms failed, “I could picture them,” he said, “piling all of their belongings—along with Gram and Gramps, and the family dog—in one old jalopy.”
It was poignant. It was heartbreaking. And, although Grapes of Wrath is fictional, it captured an era where farmers who wanted to work and earn money to feed their families really did lose their farms. So, it represented a time in our history that was unfortunately quite real.
After they’d lost their farms, these farmers would look for day work at ranches, perhaps getting paid 50 cents a day—and then needing to pay half of it to stay in a camp, with the rest going for food and water for showers. “In fact,” Farmer Lee says, “they’d almost owe the rancher money after putting in a full day of work.”
Now, here’s where the bowtie comes in. In the film that was made about Grapes of Wrath, Farmer Lee especially remembers the scene when those exhausted workers nevertheless got to together for a square dance, with the men wearing clean overalls, clean white shirts, and clean bowties. “Their outfits might have been worn and torn,” he says, “but their clothing was clean. These outfits, including the bowties, represented their pride in their work and their dignity.”
A Symbol of Our Promise to You
Each and every day, Farmer Lee wears an outfit that honors those hard-working farmers from the Great Depression, including the red bowtie that also appears on each box of the farm-fresh vegetables, herbs and more that we ship to our treasured customers.
This bowtie reminds us of the importance of focusing on each step we take and every step we make when providing customer service.
Each day, we hand harvest product on order and ship to you overnight so you can count on the freshest, most vibrant, and flavorful produce available. Everything we grow is regeneratively farmed in harmony with Mother Nature, in ways that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable.
Finally, we take great pride in our cutting-edge food safety program, and you can find more information about the extraordinary food safety steps we take. Note that we continually receive superior ratings from numerous key food quality and safety certifiers.
Farmer’s Market Products Delivered Directly to You
Let us be your personal farmer—and your personal shopper! You can choose from a variety of home delivery boxes that are full of high quality fresh vegetables, the same produce that world class chefs use daily in their kitchens.
Options include (some seasonal):
Just Add Barilla
Best of the Season
Leafy Green Mix
Summer Vegetable Mix
Summer Squash Box
Optimal Health Mix
Signature Blends of Farm-Fresh Herbs and Greens:
Asian Signature Blend
French Signature Blend
Italian Signature Blend
Latin Signature Blend
Mediterranean Signature Blend
Plus, you can select our farm-fresh subscription box. Order 12—and get the next one free!