Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

Operation Food Search invited Fair Shares to be the food provider in a new Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program they created at the CareSTL Health clinic. This pilot, along with the Fresh Rx program, is another great food-as-medicine resource that Fair Shares is excited to be involved with. Here's how it works: 

- Each week, an Operation Food Search dietitian conducts a recipe demo using one or more of the ingredients from the Fresh Fruit & Veggie Box.

- All CareSTL Health clients are able to participate in the recipe demonstration and sampling.

- Patients with a Fresh Fruit & Veggie Prescription from their doctor will be able to claim a bag of Fair Shares produce. The “Prescription” include six “tickets” on it, one to redeem each week.

OFS provides a simple nutrition-related handout each week on a topic relevant to diabetic and hypertensive patients.

Participants in the program will fill out surveys and we are hoping that health improvement results might make this pilot project a viable ongoing program. 


Tip: Clean Greens

The greens we get (particularly some of the winter spinach) can be pretty dirty. Sometimes they're pristinely clean, but still, we suggest you always wash your food! Give it an initial rinse and then remove the stems and soak the leaves in plenty of clean water. I use my salad spinner, placing the leaves in the...Read more


To Betty and me, Fair Shares means security and fairness. It is great to know that every week we will be able to move product and receive a fair price for it. I am proud to be part of the Fair Shares team.

Alan Nolte, Nolte Hills Farm, Morrsion MO
Nolte Hills Nursery