For Julie Beaumont and Sarah Coffman, Local Harvest Delivery is more than a business; it supports the local economy, and it brings the Santa Barbara community closer together in an environmentally sustainable, healthy way.
As co-owners of the business and Santa Barbara natives by marriage, Julie and Sarah credit their friendship to their shared interests, like hiking, camping, travel, health and family, and to their husbands, who relocated both women from their native homes – Montreal and Rhode Island – out to the Central Coast of California many years ago. They became friends over healthy dinners, wine, and good conversation, and then not long after, they both became mothers. Their families have grown together and are family to one another. Beyond that, their tribe – all of their friends who they consider family here in town – has helped inspire them to think sustainably and communally. This path led them to start Local Harvest Delivery, a service that on a large scale is intended to bring fresh local produce to the doorsteps of community members and like-minded health advocates, while on a small scale hopes to make casual get-togethers or private family dinners that much more enjoyable. The fact that their service is completely customizable is maybe the most impressive part of the equation: when a conversation about the availability of healthy food adds a business perspective that thinks holistically about farm to table logistics, and proves successful, everyone – in Santa Barbara County, at least – wins.
Julie Beaumont-Potter grew up in Montreal, Canada, as a French-speaking Canadian (or Quebecoise), hunting, fishing, and camping as well as mushroom and wild apple foraging with her dad around the lush countryside. Here began her love of sustainable fresh local agriculture. She moved to Santa Barbara after earning her degree in Marketing and Business Management. Her experience in customer service and accounts receivable landed her a marketing management position at Fairview Gardens in 2005. Working there, she soon learned that people wanted more out of community supported agriculture, and living the Farmer’s Market life selling organic produce for more than four years, she knew that people didn’t make it to the market as much as they wanted and needed easier access to all the amazing local produce available. A produce delivery service was also a solution to help local farmers sell their bounty, reduce crop loss, and increase sales. Local Harvest Delivery made its first delivery in August of 2009.
Sarah Coffman grew up in Rhode Island, thriving on local seafood and beachcombing during the leisurely summer months. She moved to Santa Barbara after earning her degree in Physical Science from Rhode Island University. She became a certified Wellness Coach and knew she wanted to help community members achieve healthy lifestyles through locally-based seasonal menu planning. She also knew, having grown up on the east coast where cold weather allows for fresh food to grow only a short period of time out of the year, that Santa Barbara is the ideal place to live and eat locally year-round. This made her quest for health-coaching that much more simplified. And that’s what Local Harvest Delivery is: a simplified way of accessing fresh organic food grown throughout Santa Barbara County.
Julie and Sarah are now very close friends. Not only do they work together well and bring diverse knowledge to their shared business, they also have family dinners every Friday, travel together annually on a girls getaway, celebrate birthdays together, Christmas, New Year’s, you name it. Their husbands have an annual boys backpacking trip; their kids have sleepovers frequently. Julie’s children, Malakye (2006) and Zenia (2008), are big brother and sister to Sarah’s, Owen (2010) and Gwyneth (2012). Julie was even Sarah’s doula for both births.
They also credit their tribe for much of their success. Dave and Lynne Zell, Matt and Joanna Kettmann, Brian Hall and Penny Owens, Casey and Shaina Groves, Mark De la Cruz and Molly Holveck: these are some of their closest friends – whom they consider family – who were some of their first customers back in 2009 and who continue to appreciate how Local Harvest Delivery helps them live sustainable healthy lifestyles. They learn from them and get truthful personal advice on how to grow the business to meet the needs of an expanding clientele. Julie and Sarah wholeheartedly believe that for a community to thrive, everyone must work together for the greater good. All this to say, Local Harvest Delivery is more than a service: your support contributes to the local economy and a community-centered small business model.
Julie and Sarah started the business as just the two of them working with a limited client base and few resources. It is safe to say they have grown significantly over the last seven years. The Local Harvest Delivery team, therefore, has grown as well. The business has been fortunate to hire honest and hardworking employees who have proven to be as invested in its success as the owners. Each individual really cares about what they do and appreciates the benefit of local food. They know they are needed and that they benefit the community by showing up every week and learning more about all that Santa Barbara County has to offer. Julie and Sarah are incredibly grateful that their team is thriving and their business continuing to grow strong.
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When we say organic, we mean… All of the local produce you receive is grown by organic and/or environmentally conscious farmers. They do not use pesticides or chemicals. That means your subscription is supporting healthy soil and sustainable agriculture in your community.