By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 25, 2021 at 11:01 AM

Most people love the idea of buying local. But seeking out local products and getting to the farmers market can be challenging.

This week we are chatting with Patrick Darrough of Milwaukee Farmers United and Milwaukee Microgreens about how they took the notions of collaboration and support and used them to create a convenient online farmers market and home delivery service that benefits farmers, makers and customers.

During our chat, Darrough shares the origin story of MFU as well as the circumstances under which the business has evolved and grown. He talks about how the pandemic impacted the online delivery business, as well as the positive impact they’ve had on local farms and small food businesses. We also chat about the differences between MFU and national delivery services that claim to carry local products.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.