The idea of good, healthier food choices for what we put in our bodies isn't a new one. It's the idea that's steeped in sustainability and reaping the benefits of eliminating waste, producing food that's better for you and highlighting the tireless efforts of farmers and local purveyors that are putting high quality ingredients front and center. You may remember Judith Winfrey from our 10 Atlanta Food Experts Share 2015 Farm-to-Table Trends/Predictions post where she provided valuable insight on what to expect for 2015. She's the mind behind PeachDish, a revolutionary service that changing the meal kit delivery game with fresh and flavorful ingredients plucked at the season's peak for delicious recipes folks can make at home. We caught up with her to get more of her story, and how PeachDish fits into the equation.
1) Tell us a little about you and your background prior to PeachDish?
"I've been working in good food for the past decade. First as an advocate with Georgia Organics, Slow Food Atlanta, Wholesome Wave Georgia and Community Farmers Markets. My husband and I own and operate Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens, one of the city's leading certified organic farms. For five years I ran operations for Resurgens Hospitality Group and their two restaurants, bakery, liquor store and food stands. My entire career is dedicated to getting good, healthy, responsibly-sourced food to as many people as possible. That's what makes this opportunity with PeachDish so exciting."
2) How did the idea for PeachDish come about?
"This is an emerging market. We see it happening all over the country. The meal kit delivery service is more than a trend. It's here to stay and we're delighted to be at the leading edge of this expanding market place. People want good food and the pleasure and experience of creating it for themselves. They don't always have time to plan their meals and do the necessary shopping. We're here as an exciting and viable solution for working families who want to eat healthy at home."
3) How has the farm-to-table movement affected your choices for what goes into PeachDish deliverables?
"I believe in good food. I believe in local producers and the power of local economy. It is my great pleasure to deliver some of Georgia's finest produce, proteins and artisan goods to eaters all over the country. We're really here to deliver delicious, healthy food straight from farms and farmers to people all around the country. Our recipes are inspired by the foodways and cuisine of the New American South."
4) There's a growing number of services offering recipes and ingredients shipped directly to the consumer, what makes PeachDish different and stand out?
"The quality of our product, recipes and ingredients is our number one differentiator. Our Southern accents also makes us stand out, along with the fact that we deliver straight to the customers door. It makes answering the question "What's for Dinner?" easy, fun, healthy and delicious."
5) What are your go-to farm-to-table ingredients of the moment and for the upcoming season?
"We love White Oak Pastures for proteins. We're having a lot of fun with artisan vendors like Garner Girl Pickles and D'Evereaux Hot Sauce. Spring is a time of roots, shoots and leaves so we're looking forward to more beets, chard, carrots, kale, asparagus, peas, turnips and more."
Judith Winfrey - President, PeachDish