Get your organic produce at the New Port Richey Library Tampa Bay Times by Megan Hussey
May 30, 2012
"The New Port Richey Library's offerings already go way beyond books, with free concerts, digital music, exercise equipment and line-dancing classes.
So why not fresh produce?
Thanks to a new arrangement with Tampa Bay Organics, an organic produce delivery service, library patrons getting fresh reads can also pick up fresh fruits and vegetables.
This month the library became an official co-op partner of Lutz-based Tampa Bay Organics. Patrons can go online to order boxes of fresh produce, which are delivered to the library each Tuesday - a day the staff now calls Tasty Tuesday.
"We want to do something to sustain the community and improve the health of residents," said Ann Scott, the library's outreach director.
It was Scott's interest in organic gardening that inspired the program.
"I've always been interested in organically grown foods, for my own health, the health of my family, and of the planet holistically," she said.
Organically grown fruits and vegetables are produced without genetically modified organisms, pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals. "These fruits and vegetables haven't been tampered with," Scott said.
When representatives of Tampa Bay Organics appeared at a library Earth Day event, Scott asked them about offering a weekly produce delivery, with 10 percent of all proceeds going to the New Port Richey Friends of the Library organization, which in turn supports library programs."
Newport Richy Patch by E.J. Fox May 21, 2012
"Picking up fruits and vegetables can be as simple as taking a trip to the New Port Richey Public Library, if you want it to be.
The library is teaming up with Tampa Bay Organics, a Lutz-based business, for a delivery co-op effort that drops boxes of organically grown produce off at the library, (5939 Main Street, New Port Richey) every week.
Customers can order their produce online at the Tampa Bay Organics website and pick and choose what fruits and vegetables they wish to receive in a box. Then they can go to the library and pick up their box at the library circulation desk every week.
Ten percent of money from purchases goes to Friends of the New Port Richey Public Library, which is the nonprofit that raises money for the city library..."