Recent Grad Starts Ottawa Food Share Program
After a road trip to Boston while attending St. Lawrence University, Brendan Gorman '12 discovered that buying organic food didn't have to be time consuming — if it was ordered online. Less than two years after his graduation and seeing no such thing in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Gorman launched Eating Well Ottawa, an online organic food delivery business.
Similar to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, customers can order fresh, organic, locally-grown produce online without having to go to the grocery. The food is then delivered to the customer's door on a weekly basis
“We want to push a new type of thinking and show consumers how they can get high quality food with the click of a mouse,” Gorman told Ottawa Life Magazine. "People associate organics with being costly but our model works great because we get produce from the distributor, allowing us to offer lower prices that’s also more convenient with free home delivery."
Gorman, a mathematics major and economics minor at St. Lawrence, opened the business just three months ago.
While common in large cities as well as rural areas such as New York's North Country and across Vermont, the concept had not yet reached Canada's capital city.
“I thought the whole concept was really neat and no one back in Ottawa was doing it,” he said.