Time to subscribe to a local CSA farm

December 31, 2008 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

A good resolution for 2009 would be to subscribe to a local farm through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Here’s the deal: you pay a local farmer up front for a 20-30 week supply of fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, and in some cases meat, eggs, cheese and even fresh-cut flowers.  CSA’s in Chatham cost about $15 – $20 per week for produce and herbs, usually payable in two or more installments, and food can be picked up at the farm or at convenient locations. The farmers get the funds they need to plant their crops and you get fresh, healthy, locally grown groceries for most of the year while investing in sustainable agriculture and your local economy. Two excellent options in Chatham are: Harland’s Creek Farm and Piedmont Biofarm.

Judy Lessler at Harland’s Creek Farm is involved in two CSAs: the Mid-Chatham Alliance CSA, a cooperative with several local growers including Ayrshire Farm (the first certified organic farm in N.C. operated by Bill Dow) and the Durham Farmers Market CSA, another cooperative venture including options for meat, cheese and eggs through Fickle Creek Farm in Durham County and Chapel Hill Creamery in Orange.  During 2008, Harland Creek’s vegetable, fruit and herb CSAs cost $15-$20 per week;  the eggs and cheese option was about $6/week; and the meat option was about $9/week. Contact the farm directly for 2009 prices.

Piedmont Biofarm is run year-round by Farmer Doug Jones farmerd@emji.net at the Piedmont Biofuels industrial plant in Pittsboro. The plant produces biodiesel fuel and the farm produces heirloom vegetable varieties.

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