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Grasshoppers makes it convenient to eat healthy and local food

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

In 2007, Grasshoppers started selling fresh produce, eggs, cheese and meats from Kentuckiana farms. The business shut down in 2013.

“I think we were too early. There was not enough interest in the local food system back in 2007,” said Grasshoppers partner Ivor Chodkowski.

Now, Grasshoppers is back but with a different flair.

“This is a narrower slice of the original company,” said Chodkowski, who is also a partner at Harvest in NuLu.

Instead of selling raw veggies straight from the field, Grasshoppers sells pickled items, frozen vegetables ready to stir fry and dips.

The founders of Grasshoppers are trying to make it convenient to eat healthy food by putting pre-prepared local items in places where you already shop like Rainbow Blossom, The Wine Rack, The Wine Market and Old Town Liquors.

All the food is prepared at a kitchen in west Louisville called Chef's Space.

“Local farmers love the idea of having somebody take what they can grow and have another outlet to be able to get food into the local food system,” said Grasshoppers partner Eddie Vetter. 

Grasshoppers takes the surplus produce from different metro area farm like Barr Farm, Rootbound Farm, Facing West Farm, Field Day Family Farm and Groce Family Farm.

“If[people had a bad market day, or people had a surplus, [they] say 'hey we have 30 or 40 pounds of okra, can you do something with this?'” Chodkowski said. 

The company even takes deformed veggies farmers can't sell at the market.

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