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Monday, January 24, 2011

Shore Farm Organics

Note: Since writing this post, Shore Farms has been featured in the Winston-Salem Journal. See the article HERE

One of my favorite local farmers is Nathan Pitts of
Shore Farms in Yadkinville, NC. I get many of the plants for my garden (basil, tomatoes, sunflowers, peppers) from him at the Krankie's Farmers' Market when he's there on Tuesdays from 11-1, or at City Beverage Farmers' Market on Saturdays. His organic food co-op only has one 10-week membership left for 2011.
                  Community Supported Agriculture Program
Thinking about signing up for the CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief...

                      Advantages for farmers:


  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin

  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow

  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow 

Advantages for consumers


  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits

  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking

  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season

  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat

  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

 
Shore Farms CSA Program Guidelines:
Standard and half Season Membership – 20 & 10 Week Memberships- call or email for availability
* 20 and 10 week Memberships start in mid-end May ending in mid-late October, 1 box per week
* Memberships with delivery to a drop off location in your area.
* Average box 5 – 8 lbs.  This is a season long Membership average.  Some weeks might weigh more      some less.
All pick up/deliveries are weather permitting
Due to the risks in farming your support is not refundable in the event of a natural disaster.
  Standard Membership Price Options & Payment Plans :
    $450 - 2010 20 week memberships - 1 box per week from mid-May to mid-October
   $225 - 2010 10 week memberships - 1 box per every other week from mid-May to mid-October

·renewing members may qualify for a discount, please contact the farm for more info  

Contact Nathan Pitts for more info:  nathanpitts@shorefarmsorganics.com   (336)413-9229.  To sign up for our CSA Program, click here: Membership Form ]
Links:
Shore Farm Organics
City Beverage
Krankies Farmers Market

2 comments:

  1. You are like my personal shopper for "good stuff" around the region! :) I love the etsy and local/homegrown info you share.

    I'm so glad you're in the blogsphere now. We just need to get more people to know about you. They'll benefit greatly!

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  2. Aww! Thanks D! So glad you like the info. Power to the local people & stuff!

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