Helping to fill your plate with local and seasonal produce

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For Home

Produce subscription featuring seasonal, local fruits and vegetables

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For Chefs

On-demand sourcing to shorten the time from harvest to plating

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For Farmers

Expanded access to local restaurants and families

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Our Story

Forerunner Foods was born when owner Eric Velji got tired of the large corporate world in which he worked.  He was tired of the bureaucracy, the red tape, the chain of command, but most importantly the way large companies have procedures that don’t make sense but they aren’t changed because it is “how we’ve always done it”

Motivated by burnout and ready for a change, Eric went back to a personal passion: growing, sourcing, prepping, and cooking local food.  With the goal of running his own farm, Eric conducted a lot of research around how a small farm can be financially stable.  It is one of the toughest situations local farmers face.  Most only have sales outlets at local farmers markets, which is great on a nice day and crippling on a rainy day.  Eric realized wholesale was the way to go, but one farmer couldn’t meet the demand of local chefs.  Thus Forerunner Foods was born.

Forerunner Foods began exclusively to source local produce from small family owned farms directly for chefs and has grown into a full service restaurant supplier, specialty purveyor, importer of exotics, and coming soon the logistics behind a farm to table home produce subscription.  Everything to date has been built on the idea that everyone should eat local, everyone should eat seasonal, and that small independent restaurants need all the help they can get to compete with the big chains.

Instagram post 2191752533679049653_5762457858 📸 Meet our Forerunner Family! 
Kennedy is a KSU grad and dog lady extraordinaire. When she's not training her dogs (Kohlrabi, Kudzu and Kiwi) or learning to train others' she is our office manager! She loves being a part of a company that always works to further community education regarding where their food comes from 🐶🐶🐶
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Instagram post 2190952759564643126_5762457858 We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and weekend! Now that you never wanna touch leftovers again, check out this week’s box and imagine all the delicious dishes you can make! See you real soon!  Also- if you missed the announcement yesterday; our new Ally Box has launched! If you want the same great produce with modified sizes of 5 fruits and vegetables, this is the box for you! Ask us your questions! 🥬🍅🥜🌱🌶
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Instagram post 2190338026943792439_5762457858 The time is now! Visit forerunnerfoods.com/for-home to sign up for our new Ally Box made up of roughly 5 fruits/vegetables with the same great quality and freshness as our Advocate Box! We’re excited to support more farmers and your families! 🥬🌶🥒🍎🥕
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Instagram post 2186679437569906323_5762457858 Buying local has a ton of perks. Knowing where your produce comes from and who your farmer is can help give you peace of mind especially with the number of recalls happening today. •
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Instagram post 2185883917008185531_5762457858 We are extra thankful for this week’s box! We’ve got a few new items again this week. Look out for turnip greens, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and fennel! Perfect for a thanksgiving feast 🦃🥬🥕🍠
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Instagram post 2185336593068407228_5762457858 Don’t get us wrong... we love a good chef inspired dish from one of the local restaurants we work with but it’s always nice to see what our #forerunnerfoodsforhome members create 🥬🥕🧅🌶 ••••••••••••••
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Instagram post 2183615204728903900_5762457858 Autumn is in full swing here at @theripejuicery in Kennesaw (our newest pick-up location) and so is the rain but that’s not stopping us! 🍂🌧
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This week’s box was filled with some awesome colors and flavors! We included some items we have yet to have such as the Arkansas Black apples and red cabbage. We also had bok choy, green bell peppers, cubanelle peppers, eggplant, green onions and lettuce! 🍎🍆🥬🧅🌶
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Also- if you didn’t see our announcement yesterday, we now have a new box size! Both the  new box and our current box have officially been named (see our last post for more details). If you have yet to sign-up and would like to be a part of our #forerunnerfoodsforhome family- go to forerunnerfoods.com/for-home to get started next week! Cutoff is Sunday at 4PM! See YOU soon 🚛
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Instagram post 2183074121578121157_5762457858 Now is the time to advocate for agriculture as the future of farming depends on it. Local farmers support a healthier environment, are the foundation of our local economy, and provide fresh, nutritious food to you and your family 🥗
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Here at Forerunner Foods, one of our missions is to provide direct access to high quality produce grown locally by farmers from right here in Georgia which in turn helps to supports their livelihood. 🥬🥕🍎
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So how can you get involved in making an impact too? We are proud to introduce our two new boxes. Ally and Advocate. The Ally box will available for pick-up Wednesday December 4th! Sign-ups for Ally will be coming soon. If you are interested in becoming an advocate now, visit forerunner foods.com/forhome to sign-up! .
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Instagram post 2182364422096292818_5762457858 Tonight we are honored to be a part of the @picnicmarketacworth grand opening! 🎉 We would love for this to be a future pick-up location. To learn more about their market and see all the wonderful local products they sell, be sure to follow them or stop by the storefront! .
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Instagram post 2181395048080143949_5762457858 We apologize for the delay- we've had some last minute substitutions but here we go! We have "Arkansas Black" Apples, Red Cabbage and Green Onions. Deliveries start today... see you soon! 🚛 
You can also still sign up for your Foreunner for Home Subscription box for next week. We have a wonderful Thanksgiving themed box ready to enhance your family meal! Visit forerunnerfoods.com to sign up and pick up your box Wednesday November 27th! 🦃🍂
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