VeloVeggies is a bike delivery service that brings fresh local produce from the farmers market right to the doorsteps of people in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The firm also supports community agriculture and the environment by providing pickup and delivery of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of participants and compostable waste from homes in Minneapolis.
Everything is transported by bike, contributing zero emissions into the air, while generating tons of goodwill.
Founded by Randall Dietel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, VeloVeggies uses special boxes called VegBoxes, which they pack with fresh vegetables and fruits to deliver them by bicycle on the same day.
“I wanted to be able to deliver real, good food to people,” Dietel says of his delivery company. “Plus, I get to ride my bike. And I love that.”
Bike delivery and sustainable foods were a natural partnership for Dietel, who spent his formative years on his grandparents’ farms in West Carver County, Minn., and his early adult years in bike races in the Twin Cities. But it wasn’t until he got to the St. Paul campus of the U of M—where the scent of ripe alfalfa for feeding the cows hung in the air—that his love of farming would be renewed. “To me, it just smelled like home,” Dietel says.
His grandparents’ farm is no longer around, but Dietel says VeloVeggies lets him continue the family legacy by providing his community with sustainable, zero emissions delivery of farm-fresh food.
Now that’s a fresh idea that could be pedaled to communities all over the country. Let’s hope it catches on everywhere.
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