History of Root Network
Over the winter of 2007/2008, the board of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative (LFFC) decided to begin hauling their products themselves instead of relying on contracted drivers who weren't always invested in the success of the business. Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) was born, leasing 3 refrigerated trucks from Penske, and employing 3 drivers and 1 office worker.
Membership in the LFFC grew steadily over the years, from 30 members in 2008 to 120 going into 2017, and LFFO grew proportionately. At our height in 2016, we had 20 refrigerated trucks, 4 refrigerated cargo vans, and 40 employees.
LFFO is a dedicated hauler for the LFFC, which was limiting any extra hauling we could do privately. We won't bore you with the details, but we created Root Network in 2012 to allow us to take on as much extra hauling as we could find.
In the five years since Root Network began, we've taken on more and more delivery customers, and have created many efficiencies along the way. This allows us to offer very reasonable prices, either by the case, pallet, mile, or our time. Much effort was put into not "growing too big too fast," and we've maintained a positive culture within our entire network - office, drivers, farmers, customers - and we view it as a community.
It has been a very enlightening process to get to this point, and we are very proud of how far we have come. We are always eager to take on more, and as a still relatively small company, our customers do not get lost in the crowd. We continue to think creatively to create win-win situations, and we will always bend over backwards to get the job done.
Let us know where we can go from here together!