Cathy Donnelly

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Community Supported Agriculture ROCKS!!!!

OK so you may have heard my rant on the air about Community Supported Agriculture.  And you may wonder, what is it?  Community Supported Agriculture, also known as "subscription farming" is a food system in which people pay to become members of a farm.  In exchange for annual subscription fees (anywhere from $250 to $1,000, depending on how much you'll get and other factors) members get a weekly share of fresh, locally grown produce all season long.  Members share the rewards and the risks of their farmers.  If the eggplant crop is bounteous, you get a million eggplants.  If all the tomatoes die (remember 2 years ago?), you get no tomatoes.  Once a week from the beginning of June to the end of October, members come to pick up their share.  The closest one to me, Fertile Grounds, In Noxen, drops you share off at either the Lands at Hillside Farms in Shavertown, or in Downtown Wilkes Barre at the Farmers' Market on Thursday.  Every week, each share includes 5-8 different crops, which vary depending on what's in season. Why do this?  It’s SOOOO obvious.  You’re supporting your own community.  You’re buying locally grown, organically produced food.  It’s ultra fresh, often picked the day you receive it. The best part, in my opinion anyway, is that you get to know the person growing your food.  You can take the kids to visit “their” farm where “their” vegetables come from.  Maybe they’ll even eat ‘em! Here’s a list of the ones in our listening area…call the one near you IMMEDIATELY and sign up!  Some have animals, too Fertile Grounds  Noxen, Pa, rayann.fertile.grounds@gmail.com or 903-8669 Maddie's Spring Maple Farms 7999 State Route 3001 Meshoppen, PA 18630 833-5998 Turtle Mountain Farm…536 Thurston Hollow Road Tunkhannock (which is just off Keelersburg Rd, which is between Rt. 29 and 292) 836-5798 or http://icelandicsheepatturtlemountainfarm.com/ Chaos Acres 342 Carter Rd Laceyville , PA 18623  869-2631 www.facebook.com/chaosacres Wild Lake Heirloom and Herb Co  16 Sechrist Ln Tunkhannock 18657 406-5931 Hopkins Farm River Road falls, PA 18615  388-2858 Skoloff Valley Farm 727.3046 1944 Stevens Point Rd Susquehanna, PA 18847, or they’ll bring it to The Essential Eating Farmers Market in Clarks Summit The Funny Farm  2479 Bennett Rd Hop Bottom, PA 18824 434-2367 Confluence Farm  596 State Route 167 Hop Bottom, PA 18824 The Ant Hill Farm 1114 Beech Grove Rd Honesdale, PA 18431 .  They’ll deliver for an extra $100…and the farmer’s name is Eusebius!  Really!  253 5985 Yatsonsky Farm Market   Owego turnpike Honesdale, 18431   488-5683 www.socantel.net/~yatson Broken Fiddle Hawley, www.brokenfiddlefarm.com, Paupack Blueberry Farm 108 Berkley Rd Paupack, 18451 www.paupackblueberryfarm.com 226-9702 Reminiscent Gardens 99 Maple Ridge La. White Haven578-0170 or www.reminiscentgardens.com Five Mountain Farm (formerly Lent's Organics)  346 Baer Road Shickshinny, PA 18655 706-6887 Pine Cone Homestead, Long Pond, Pa  www.pineconehomestead.com 851-1582 Blue Bell Farm  54 Bell Rd Wapwallopen, PA 18660 379-2688 Mad Dog Farm 81-B Church Road Bloomsburg, PA 17815  394-3634 maddogfarm.com Greene Garden 546 W. Third St Bloomsburg, PA 17815 greene-garden.com 570-784-4172 I got most of this information from www.localharvest.org which lists, like, every CSA in the known universe.



 
04/05/2011 12:34PM
Community Supported Agriculture ROCKS!!!!
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04/08/2011 6:45PM
john gladys
Thank you for your support of CSA's in our region. I heard from a few friends and associates they heard you talking about Turtle Mountain Farm and that seemed to legitamize what I have been telling them. Please come see our operation ( and lambs) when you have the opporturnity. Thank you John Gladys 836-5798
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