Chasing Fresh Produce Market encourages “eating by the season” with bounties from Alabama farmers

corteThe Corte family’s farming ventures began in Baldwin county over 120 years ago when Arthur Angelo Corte purchased land in South Alabama and started farming with the help of his seven children. In 2012, Chase Corte started his agriculture adventure by combining his business background, farming contacts and sales experience to find the freshest, highest quality food that is available. It started out in the back of his truck as a delivery venture. Chase would find out what farmers were growing and had available to sell and send out order forms as to what was available that week. He would gather what had been harvested and because of lack of storage, immediately deliver to customers. It wasn’t long before that process became a logistical nightmare. That spurred the need for a market. He wanted to have a place where people could come look at what was in season and available to them. Chase and his wife Wynter opened Chasing Fresh Produce Market on Highway 181 in Fairhope. They were in that location for about a year when they were courted by the owners of Windmill Market. It made perfect sense. A fabulous venue filled with like minded vendors and patrons right in the heart of Downtown Fairhope. They made the move this past November and the response has been amazing. The redesign of the space lends a more open air feel and increased traffic and sales have allowed the Corte’s to be able to bring more farmers to the proverbial table. Chasing Fresh is 100% Alabama. While the majority of the produce they carry comes from Mobile and Baldwin County, they are reaching out to some of the northern parts of the Alabama for items that might not be available in our local area.
In addition to seasonal fruits and veggies, Chasing Fresh carries dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese), meats, grains, honey and more. Some is certified organic and most all of their growers use organic practices. They know all the farmers personally and can give details about each item.  They also provide residential and restaurant delivery. Market hours are Monday-Saturday from 8am-5pm and also on Sunday.   Chasing Fresh Produce @ Windmill Market, 85 N. Bancroft Street, Fairhope  (251) 517-5800 • Facebook “Chasing Fresh”   http://www.ChasingFresh.com

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