Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Local All Year Long, CSAs and Winter CSA Opportunities

Local Food is all the buzz! This just in...

The Boston Globe articles entitled "Locavores relish the challenges of winter" and "Fresh Idea for Supporting Agriculture".

Pisgah Mountain News article entitle "Community Supported Agriculture Growing in Popularity".

and a message from Blue Ridge Food Ventures:

"Blue Ridge Food Ventures is pleased to announce a new program to help complete the link between our local farmers who produce great fruits and vegetables spring, summer and fall—and consumers who want to enjoy this local produce all year round. We are basing our program on a successful Winter CSA at a kitchen incubator, called Winter Sun Farms, that was started in the Hudson River Valley. Now, BRFV is bringing Winter Sun Farms to western North Carolina. WSF—WNC is a CSA program taking local produce in peak season, then minimally processing and freezing it for distribution to CSA members in the winter months when fresh local produce is really hard to find.

Once a month from December through March, members will receive a box of frozen fruits and veggies. Each package will carry the name of the farm and farmer who grew it to strengthen the relationships that people want to have with the folks that grow their food.

Right now we would like to talk with farmers about the varieties they are planning on growing this season that are especially suited for processing and freezing. Examples might be broccoli, paste tomatoes, peppers, green beans, butternut squash, fall greens, small fruits, etc… We would like to contract with you for the things that you grow best and that will freeze or take processing the best. The goal for this first year is to enroll 100 members in the CSA. The first share will be ready for distribution in December 2009.

Please contact Laura Dominkovic ( ) so we can plan together how to make this a success for all."

This sounds like an awesome opportunity. What a great way to enjoy local produce all year long! If you or someone you know may be interested in this opportunity, please contact Laura.