Ed Hartz thinks the the future of food lies firmly rooted in the American past. Hartz is the founder of The Milkman Company, whose aim is to take families in Fairfield and surrounding towns back to an age before industrialized farmingwhen a man in a white truck dropped off milk from the farm at your doorstep.
Why the Milkman? the Fairfield businessman says. Its something that represents basic goodness. Its face-to-face. Hartz takes orders from local homes for tons of food products. He sells milk and dairy, of course, but also fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, even coffee and tea, delivering them to his customers doors.
But what separates Hartz from say, Stop and Shops PeaPod, is where he gets his supplies. Hartz has personally visited farms all over the Northeast to make sure the products he sells are organic and naturally grown.
That part of the business is key for Hartz. Since before he started the Milkman Company four months ago, hes been reading about how most of Americas food is currently produced. He was disgusted with what he foundcompanies altering the DNA of crops to make them pest-resistant and injecting animals with hormones to produce more meat or milk. Hartz points to the rise of cancer and food allergies in the wake of these developments.
If someone has to put the dollar before someone elses health, theres something wrong here, he says. Its plain and simple.
But Hartz says he doesnt want to become a political voice for all this. Instead, he just hopes people will do what hes started to do with his own kids. He takes them on his trips to farms so they can become interested in agriculture again.
The kids also come along on farm excursions so he can spend more time with them. Hartz has been working as many as 15 hours a day getting the Milkman Company started, far more than he was in his prior careers on Wall Street and in the stone restoration business. But thats because he thinks Fairfield County is ready to buy what hes selling.
We are almost at the end of real food, Hartz says, unless were willing to fight to take back what we need [and] what we want.
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