A new online food market that provides high-quality foods at affordable prices had its distribution debut in Merrick last week at Temple Israel.
OurHarvest, with other pick-up locations including East Meadow and Hicksville, began when two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, left their respective careers as an attorney and an investment banker to pursue their dream of starting the online food market, OurHarvest.
“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.
“People want access to high-quality, fresh food at affordable prices, and that’s what OurHarvest offers.”
Merricks, Bellmores Want Quality Food
Reich spoke to Your NewsMag about their newest pickup location in Merrick. “Merrick is a great area for us to distribute to because people in this community are very knowledgeable about their foods, and about the freshness they want in their foods.” He said Merrick fits in well with their focus on delivering those foods.
He noted that all foods provided for pick up are from local Long Island growers and purveyors. “Our vegetables, including eggplant, romaine lettuce, kale, baby spinach, squash, tomatoes and apples, come from a farm in Huntington,” he announced, while pickles, for example, come from place in Farmingdale.
Selections of seafood come from Montauk, while chicken breasts and cutlets will come from the lower Hudson Valley and beef from New Jersey, as examples of locally grown and managed food items.
He also spoke of donating monies for local food pantries from purchases. “For every $25 purchase we donate one meal to local food pantries at Island Harvest or Long Island Cares.”
Additional items are regularly being added to OurHarvest’s product selection.
While Reich said there are items on the website that are organic, he insisted that the fresh food delivered to customers also has no artificial ingredients or is mislabeled in any way. “The labels identify where the food comes from,” he said.
Winik said that “farmers get their fair share, so everybody wins.”
To date, Reich said that over 1,400 meals had been donated, including to Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, with more donations on the way as demand for continues to rise.
Pickup Point only
He told this magazine that Temple Israel would act as a pickup point only, and that customers had to order their purchases online at www.ourharvest.com. “Pickup will be every other Thursday between 4-7 p.m.,” he said. He added that customers who wanted to order had to order by midnight on the Sunday before they picked up their orders. For example, for the next pickup of Thursday, September 25, customers would need to order online by Sunday, September 25, at midnight.
“We need to be able to put in our orders and work with our providers to make sure we can get what our customers ordered, but that it’s also fresh” when they receive it, he said.
The two co-founders grew up in Roslyn Heights and attended the University of Pennsylvania together, where they were roommates. Prior to co-founding OurHarvest, Reich practiced law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and authored the acclaimed book The Power of Citizenship: Why JFK Matters to a New Generation.
Winik worked at Evercore Partners, where he ran the firm’s analyst recruiting program. They both serve on the boards of local nonprofit organizations.
While OurHarvest’s first Merrick location to pick-up online meals was at Temple Israel on Clubhouse Road last week, other pick up locations include Hicksville, Huntington, Roslyn, New Hyde Park, Port Washington, East Meadow and Woodbury.
For information about OurHarvest, or to place an order to pick up at Temple Israel, visit www.OurHarvest.com or follow it on facebook at Facebook.com/shopOurHarvest, on Twitter at @Our_Harvest, and Instagram at @OurHarvest.