- Organic delivery service celebrates four years -
At a time when businesses are struggling and families throughout the Valley and the country are pinching pennies, Pure Sprouts is growing and celebrating four years in business. Pure Sprouts, located in Trexlertown, is an organic and locally-grown food delivery business. Customers can customize their “bin” from an array of organic and locally grown or produced products, and have them delivered to their door for no extra cost (delivery is free with a $25 purchase.)
Pure Sprouts, with over a thousand customers in their database, occupies 1,000 square feet of warehouse space and they deliver to 80 houses per week. Delivery to most of the Valley is on Saturdays, but they have recently added mid-week deliveries, which will likely double their numbers per week and help them reach their goal of 100 percent growth this year.
Pure Sprouts makes it simple to shop – customers log in to the site and chose from dozens of locally grown or organic selections such as local, grass-fed meats, dairy, eggs, tofu, Vegan Treats, non-local certified organic produce, and many other grocery and pantry items. They fill their virtual cart with everything they need and on delivery day, a neatly packed reusable bin appears at their door. In fact, new this year, Pure Sprouts delivers meal kits, which contain everything customers need to make a healthy, organic meal for four, including the recipe!
Customer choice and variety is what sets Pure Sprouts apart from other similar delivery services in Pennsylvania who generally deliver boxes of pre-chosen goods weekly. “Our focus on local is our niche,” says Lori Stansberry, founder and owner of Pure Sprouts. “We are able to fill a role that big chain grocery stores cannot given their distribution scheme. We are able to buy small quantities from many farms and distribute the next day to our customers.” Given their competitive prices, the delivery aspect is just icing on the cake for their customers with busy lives. Prices on all things organic and locally grown aren’t always competitive with non-organic counterparts and buying organic in general is more expensive than not, but organic is becoming such a major focus for more and more customers that they are willing to fork over the extra money and Pure Sprouts provides the added benefit of home delivery.
Stansberry was inspired to open Pure Sprouts because she wanted to change our current food system. After having her first child, she became worried that he would never grow up to see local farms. Because the area is so fruitful, she decided that this would be the perfect location for an organic delivery service that buys locally whenever possible. She also knew that people are sometimes so busy that they lose the opportunity to get to the grocery store for fresh foods. So by marrying fresh, local and organic foods with the convenience of home delivery, Pure Sprouts was born.
Lori’s expertise does not stop after delivery. Lori receives many calls from customers seeking more knowledge on the topic of buying organic or buying local. Lori is an expert not only because she owns a thriving organic business, but she also has the credentials to back it up, with a bachelors of science in marine science from Rider University and a masters degree in environmental chemistry from University of Maryland.
Pure Sprouts not only delivers organic food and groceries, but they also have several green business practices that aim to lessen the company’s carbon footprint. Pure Sprouts delivers in reusable plastic totes, switching full bins for empty each week, which save an enormous amount of waste. In addition, Pure Sprouts buys and receives the produce the day before it’s delivered to the customer, thus reducing a considerable amount of waste when compared to grocery store counterparts who have to continually cull their produce to keep appearances looking fresh. If Pure Sprouts does receive items that are sub par, they divide it into two bins: one for those customers who order produce just for “juicing” (Pure Sprouts customers can order everything they need for juicing or making smoothies) and the rest of the undesirable produce goes to the chickens that give Pure Sprouts their eggs each week (Cockadoodle Ewe Farm in Easton.)