By Heather Collins
The Ring family has been in the business of delivering healthy, organic food to local Hoosiers since groceries were delivered by horse-and-buggy.
The great-great-grandparents of Dave Ring operated The Crescent Grocery store in Indiana, which survived through the Great Depression. Now, Ring and his wife, Sara, are owners of Muncie-based The Downtown Farm Stand that has recently expanded its delivery service to include Hamilton County and Zionsville.
The Rings started a small, organic farm in 2000 before opening The Downtown Farm Stand in 2007 with a goal of building a local organic food system for their farm, other farmers and consumers.
Ring describes The Downtown Farm Stand as a retro grocery store that harkens to the days when the corner grocery store supplied the community with food from local producers.
“Local food and connections to local farms help instill our connection to food culture, the land and our traditions. We can support local economies and help increase the food security in our area,” Ring said. “Just like we saw during the start of the (COVID-19) pandemic, local food supply is critical to our food security, but it goes even deeper than that. Supporting local farms, processors and all the components of a food system helps to support a healthy economy. The bonus for us is that we get better, fresher food that tastes the best, is in season and has a higher nutrient content.”
A vast majority of the Downtown Farm Stand’s selection is sourced from local farms and producers, including pasture-raised meats. Ring said The Downtown Farmstand is the only grocery delivery service that has an all-organic selection. He said he decided to expand delivery service to Hamilton County to increase markets for the farms they support.
There are four types of customizable produce bins available for delivery ranging in price from $35 for the small produce bin (including nine to 11 organic fruits and vegetables) to the $45 large bin (12 to 15 items). Additional groceries can be added to any order, including 100 percent grass-fed beef, organic milk, pasture-raised chicken and pork, fair-trade certified coffee, chocolate, sugar and house-made organic soups and sandwiches as well as organic wines. Hamilton County orders are delivered on Fridays.
For more, visit downtownfarmstand.com.