Good News Natural Foods supplies organic produce for Sir Paul McCartney

DOVER – How do you feed a legendary knight?

If it’s Sir Paul McCartney, the answer is with organic produce and vegetables.

Last week with Sir Paul headlining Firefly in Dover, the task of supplying those goods to the former Beatles songwriter, singer and bassist and his entourage fell to Milford residents and Good News Natural Foods co-owners Marcia and Richard Collins.

Good News Natural Foods co-owners Marcia and Richard Collins supplied Sir Paul McCartney and his entourage with more than half a ton of organic food. (Milford Chronicle/Dave Chambers)

Good News Natural Foods co-owners Marcia and Richard Collins supplied Sir Paul McCartney and his entourage with more than half a ton of organic food. (Milford Chronicle/Dave Chambers)

“Brett Donaldson (festival chef for Stellar Hospitality Group) called and asked us if we could supply for Sir Paul McCartney,” Ms. Collins said of how Good News found out it would be serving nearly 80 people more than half a ton of organic produce. “It was an honor.”

And a lot of work.

The order, Good News Dover Manager Douglas Hunt said was the largest he had seen in his one year with the local business. In total there were 66 cases of organic foods delivered.

Getting the food from her supplier, Four Seasons Produce outside of Lancaster, Pa., went smoothly, Ms. Collins said. Once, of course, Good News worked through converting the orders from the metric system to U.S. measurements.

“When we got the list, we had to change from kilograms to pounds and that was a lot of work,” said Ms. Collins, who also owns the Good News Natural Foods store in downtown Milford. “And there were some things that in England are called by different names, so we had to figure that out.”

Sir Paul and his entourage did have some unique items on the list, including the Galia melon, which is a cantaloupe and honey dew hybrid. Mostly, however, the order was garden vegetables with some different types of hot chilies and melons as well.

With the Firefly order filled, Ms. Collins and the Good News crew might not have long to rest.

Carrie Underwood is scheduled to headline this weekend’s Big Barrel County Music Festival in Dover and Good News will find out early this week if it will supply the vegan and her entourage with produce as well.

Regardless of whether or not Good News is chosen as Ms. Underwood’s supplier, Ms. Collins said she is thankful Mr. Donaldson gave her business the opportunity to serve Sir Paul McCartney.

“It’s exciting that I was able to help support what he likes to do,” Ms. Collins said. “And that’s eat organic.”

Editor’s note: Mr. and Ms. Collins co-own Good News Natural Foods with Sharon and Ray Fields.

Delaware State News staff writer K.I. White contributed to this story.

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