The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 28, 2013

Local Food Hub Launched, Taking Subscription Orders


CNHI News Service

Thursday, March 28, 2013 — A multi-county two state partnerships of local agricultural producers and Cooperative Extension agents has launched and will now take 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 be 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.    

Season 2013 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. Not only will everyone be buying fresh produce that’s good for their health, but they will also support 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 and 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,  contact Farm Fresh Ventures at (704) 694-2415 or farmfreshventures@gmail.com or visit 501 McLaurin St., Wadesboro.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is the largest outreach program at North Carolina State University. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension reaches millions of North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state’s 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service’s mission is to partner with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Learn more at www.ces.ncsu.edu.