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: Expand Your Green Horizons!

These two greens are in the chicory family, and add a sharp bitter character to salads, but mellow and sweeten up a bit when cooked. If you aren't a big fan of the bitter greens, I suggest cooking them to minimize the intensity. They are delicious braised slowly in a broth or caramelized with a high heat saute...Read more


Fair Shares has created a new level of sales opportunities for area growers beyond restaurants and farmers markets. They have simplified for us the most difficult part of farming: marketing. Selling to Fair Shares has enabled us to sell larger quantities of produce with great ease. Not only is the ordering process simple but we can combine our deliveries with other farms in our area. Their commitment to supporting small local farms is unparalleled in the St Louis area, and we love them for it!

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