To enhance the freshness of our food offerings without compromising our commitment to quality, Parkhurst maintains an innovative local purchasing program we call FarmSource™. It is an initiative to find and partner with some of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food in our communities.
The notion of buying from the farmer “down the street” was pioneered in 2002 during a conference that the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) sponsored. At the conference, Parkhurst representatives reached out to farmers by distributing information about our desire to support local agriculture. The interest from the farming community was overwhelming. Members of the Parkhurst purchasing team got to work by studying, analyzing and getting to know farmers and what each one does. Parkhurst later became a member of PASA and continues to be active in promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food while respecting the natural environment.
Through FarmSource, we have created the infrastructure to get local products into the hands of our suppliers and onto the plates of our guests. This program greatly reduces the distance food travels from harvest to table. We also encourage our suppliers to focus their purchasing efforts on procuring from local food producers.
Today, we work with more than 250 local farmers and producers, all within a 150-mile radius of our locations. We are proud to source more than 20% of our food locally, which represents $23.6 million in local purchases.
Our Farm Partnerships and Alliances: