Margaret Duriez Of Lox Farms On Her Upcoming Produce Prescription Program

Carolina Buia | May 14, 2019 | Food & Drink

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An assortment of watermelon radishes and cucumbers from Lox Farms, served by chef Ken Blue of Hippocrates Health Institute

Five years ago, when the affable Margaret Duriez wanted her yogi husband and four young children to eat the best organic diet, she started a farm. “We did it for our family, never imagining we would grow more than we could eat and become a commercial business,” says Duriez, 40. Lox Farms’ produce is now sold at local Greenmarkets and through subscription shares that travel mere miles from its Loxahatchee outpost. This fall, Duriez debuts Fresh Rx, a program that allows cardiac, pediatric and oncology physicians at Jupiter Medical Center to write weekly produce prescriptions. These produce packages are fulfilled free of charge for patients and are partially funded by seasonal dinners at Lox Farms. “People don’t realize how important food is to their health,” says Dr. Marshall Stone, medical director of pediatric surgery at Jupiter Medical Center. “Together with Lox Farms’ manager, AJ Azqueta, we also plan on bringing naturally grown produce to kids in need,” says Duriez. “We’re calling it Fresh Rx Kids.” Lox Farms is taking Hippocrates’ famous last words, “Let food be thy medicine—to heart and to the community,” and putting them into action. 1442 E. Road, Loxahatchee, loxfarms.com



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