A multi-county, two-state partnership of local agricultural producers and Cooperative Extension Agents has finally launched and is now taking orders for fresh local produce for delivery starting the first of May.
Farm Fresh Ventures Cooperative brings farmers in Anson, Chesterfield, Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties together to sell their products through a weekly produce box subscription.
The farmer-owned cooperative will sell a limited number of subscriptions to consumers in the six counties to supply a box of locally grown, fresh produce once a week beginning early May and running for 18 weeks. In addition, specialty items may be available for advance purchase during specified weeks, including protein foods such as eggs and local meats, as well as orders for produce in bulk.
Each week there will be five to seven different produce items, from among what’s in season in our area. Examples of produce to expect include locally grown strawberries, tomatoes, squash, peppers, corn, eggplant, peaches, and the list goes on. If it can be grown in the region, a variety of it will pretty much show up in a weekly box.
Produce boxes will be assembled on Tuesday mornings by Cooperative members and volunteers at the Anson County Farmer’s Market in Wadesboro and then delivered to designated distribution locations in each county for personal pick-up that afternoon.
A 2013 Season subscription cost is $396 (18 weeks X $22 per box) and can be paid in full by April 1 or pay a deposit of $198 by April 1 and the balance of $198 by May 1. For more information, contact your local Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent or the Farm Fresh Ventures office at 704-694-2415.
The goal of Farm Fresh Ventures is to provide consumers with fresh, local produce at peak season while creating new marketing outlets for our area farmers. So, not only will you be buying fresh produce that’s good for your health, but you will also be supporting the local economy. An educational newsletter with information on how to prepare fresh produce and assemble tasty recipes will be included in weekly produce boxes. Food safety and storage information will also be included throughout the season in addition to information about Cooperative farmers.
Farms providing a variety of local produce for this regional project include: Gary Sikes (Anson) Bountiful Harvest Farms; Calvin Phillips (Anson) Phillips Farms; Dale Nelson (Anson) Nelson All-Natural; Chesley Greene (Anson) Pee Dee Orchards; Clayton & Sherry Sellers (Chesterfield) Sellers Farms; Kent Lowder (Stanly) Muddy Boots Farms; Jackie Sherrill (Richmond) David’s Produce; Keith Andrews (Richmond) Andrews Farm Produce; Joe and Jim Lambeth (Richmond) Triple L Farm Inc.; Allan Baucom (Union) A. L. Baucom, Inc.; and Amy Stanley (Union) Veggie Patch Farm.
For information about this project or subscriptions, please contact Farm Fresh Ventures at 704-694-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 501 McLaurin St., Wadesboro, NC 28170.