CEO & Co-founder of Green BEAN Delivery, Tiny Footprint Distribution, Feel Good Farm, and EcOhio Farm.
Matt Ewer’s investment in the local food economy started at the tender age of eight, when he went door-to-door in his hometown of Marion, Indiana, hawking sweet corn from his family farm out of a beat up red wagon. Early on, Ewer recognized the importance of connecting rural and urban communities. He honed his skills in college, garnering an Environmental Management degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs department. After graduating in 2000, Ewer worked at Stranger’s Hill Organics in Bloomington, Ind., for two seasons. He then pursued his exploration of organics further by moving to Washington State with his new wife, Elizabeth Blessing. While in Seattle for four years, he was the General Manager of Full Circle Farm which has been named “one of the most successful small farms in the country” by US News & World Report. In 2007, Ewer (along with his wife, Elizabeth Blessing) brought experience in buying, growing and selling large volumes of produce and natural products back to the Midwest where he launched Green BEAN Delivery.
Get to Know Matt
What is your signature dish?
Farm Fresh Over Easy Eggs with Capriole Goat Cheese and Local Folks Foods Hot Sauce. Order from Green BEAN Delivery of course.
What are you passionate about?
Family Farms, Farming Organic Vegetables, and running BEAN LLC.
Give us a fun fact about yourself…
I’m a tractor fanatic. I love old antique tractors and I am starting to gain quite a collection. The Allis Chalmers G is my favorite tractor of all time.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Watching the farmers and artisans Green BEAN Delivery supports prosper and grow along the side of Green BEAN Delivery associates. I love seeing personal and professional development.
What’s your LEAST favorite harvest from our farms, and why?
Okra – It’s the worst. It has tiny little spines on the outside of the plant. They get into your arms, hands, eyes, etc. If you are not prepared and properly dressed to pick this crop it will certainly get the best of you. That being said all vegetables are hard to harvest.
What’s your favorite quote?
Troy Roush (who operates my parents farm) says at the end of Food Inc. – “You have to understand that we are farmers….we’re going to deliver to the market place what the market demands. If you want to buy $2 milk, your going to get a feed block in your back yard, it’s that simple.
People have to start demanding good wholesome food of us and WE’LL DELIVER. I promise you we’re very ingenious people. We’ll DELIVER.”
Describe your humble Green BEAN Delivery beginnings…
I was the only employee. It doesn’t get more humble than that.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be Yourself and be honest.
What is your proudest accomplishment at Green BEAN Delivery?
We are family owned and operated. In today’s grocery environment that is a rarity. I am also very proud of our vertical integration into sustainable food.
What is a food business you admire, and why?
Clif Bar. Clif is one hundred percent owned by Gary Erickson and has navigated through the turbulent waters of the food business with it’s business and integrity in hand. Great products, great people, and a great business.
What are you a total nerd about?
Cultivating organic vegetable farms.
Tell us a fun fact about Green BEAN Delivery
It gives back. Over 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to area food banks in seven years!