1/08/14: "Ulster County Community College presentation will focus on food industry", The Daily Freeman
"Donna Williams, founder of Field Goods, a company that delivers local, sustainable and healthy food directly to consumers throughout the Hudson Valley, will give a presentation on entrepreneurial opportunities in the food industry as part of Ulster County Community College’s Continuing and Professional Education Open House from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Business Resource Center, 1 Development Court, town of Ulster, according to a news release."
12/25/13: Capitol Pressroom, WCNY
Donna Williams and Susan Poisson-Dollar of Field Goods discuss their local foods business model.
12/23/13: Schenectady Access Cable Council
Donna Williams discusses Field Goods on the Wellness Today TV show with LisaMarie Tersigni of Inspiring Wellness Solutions.
"Unlike a typical CSA," says Williams, "we work with over 30 different farms, instead of only one. Our products include Certified Organic, organically grown, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and conventional small farm methods. There is no upfront payment, as opposed to one or two large payments with a CSA. Customers can start and stop deliveries anytime. They can also change the size of the bags they receive. We may offer a larger variety and smaller amounts than the average CSA." Emphasizing the key role of CSAs, Williams acknowledges that " what we don't offer is a personal relationship with the farmer, which is very important to people who participate in CSAs. Another important component is sharing risk and reward with the farmer. If the harvest is great the customer receives more and less if it is not. If I meet a likely CSA customer, I suggest they go that route."
“You can’t sell a funky-looking pepper or a dirty carrot in the supermarket,” declares Donna Williams. “They will just sit there untouched.” By contrast, when customers of her three-year-old company, Field Goods, open their delivery bags to find peculiar-looking vegetables like conehead cabbage and Big Mama squash covered with dirt, it’s a fun surprise."
"Looking for something interesting for dinner tonight? Maybe something outside your wheelhouse? But, health conscious individual that you are, you also want it to be nutritious and wholesome, while at the same time altogether yummy? Now imagine having that every night of the week, week after week? That’s what customers of Athens-based Field Goods get, and on top of that, it’s food straight from small local farms, so it’s good for the community as well as your health."
9/22/13: "Field Goods collects vegetables and brings them to you" by Paul Smart, The Woodstock Times
"Setting up her business with a high school intern and her dad’s station wagon, emblazoned with the nifty logos she had hired a professional to design, she used her new company to engage and meet every challenge she could think of. Chief among these was the large amounts of waste that occur in the veggie market…which Field Goods knocked away by taking away customer choice. Their replacement? Fun bags, great products, and an education element involving use of the Internet and printed recipes and info sheets on what was included in each week’s bags."
"When Donna Williams talks about Field Goods, a buisiness she started in 2011 to connect local producers of food with consumers, there's something more that pride in her voice: "It's like having a baby: You don't get out of midnight feelings. There's incredible joy and incredible exhaustion."
5/22/2013: Earth Day: Donna Williams' Letter to Editor Published in the Albany Times
The April 2nd Albany Times story, "Wide take on locally grown", questions the definition of "local," a critical issue for the rebirth of our region's agriculture industry.
Donna Williams: "Local should be synonymous with the concept of terroir, a French term most commonly associated with viticulture. Terroir is the sum of the characteristics that geography, climate and geology bestow on the quality and taste of a particular variety of crop. In this sense, the definition of “local” used by retailers such as Whole Foods, whose rule is that "food can not be labeled as local unless it travels to the store in seven hours or fewer," is irrelevant. "Industrial" carrots grown in southern Canada have no more in common with an organic Purple Haze variety of carrot grown in the Hudson Valley than a gallon of Gallo wine has with a fine Haut-Medoc from the Bordeaux region of France.
This focus on distance traveled stems from the belief that food miles are significant contributors to greenhouse gases. The true cause of the majority of food-related emissions is the waste that occurs in the distribution chain from farmer, to processer, to distributor, to retail shelf. Large food retailers cannot deliver true "local" food simply because their business models do not allow for it. Most varieties of supermarket produce are chosen for yield, growth rate and ability to withstand long-distance transport. These traits, which benefit national and international produce distribution, often come at a cost: taste and nutritional value."
04/2013: Field Goods announced 2013 Edible Hudson Valley "Local Hero Winner"
Pulled from the Edible Hudson Valley Digital Edition...
"If you don't have the time, means or energy to seek out locally grown produce. . . that's too bad. However, this should not relegate you to a life of inferior supermarket goods. Field Goods links farmer to consumer with a CSA-type service that provides customizable weekly deliveries to hungry customers. Mushrooms, plums, tomatoes, green garlic and purple Cherokee potatoes are just a few of the seasonal items that make up a weekly delivery, direct from local farms like Little Seed, Greig, and Fog and Thistle. While they don't deliver directly to your doorstep (this is not Manhattan!), they do drop off at a number of businesses, office buildings, college campuses and community centers from Albany down into the Hudson Valley."
Check out the rest of the article here.
10/19/2012: Field Goods Featured on WNYT.
Elaine Houston, host of WNYT Today's Woman segment, featured Field Goods Founder Donna Williams. The segment highlights the company's beginnings, operations and includes an interview with Sherri Donnelly, VP of Human Resources at Albany Law School. Ms. Donnelly discusses why she brought Field Goods in as part of Albany Law School' wellness initiatives.
Check out the interview here.