Buying Local Foods – Join Us for the 2017 CSAs!
By: Mack Johnson
Extension Horticulture Agent
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food direct from a farmer. North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Robeson County Center) and the Robeson County Farmers Market Association will coordinate five different CSAs this year. You receive a weekly share of available produce for a set time, usually five weeks. CSA customers pick up their weekly share at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton or the UNCP Care Center in Pembroke. With the CSA you will receive shares of the quality produce most abundant that week. It can be a pleasant surprise not always knowing what will be offered each week. Offerings include fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, and even local honey. Also, you may be more persuaded to try a vegetable or a recipe that you would not have otherwise. The dates are:
- June 14 – July 12
- July 19 – August 16
- August 23 – September 20
- September 27 – October 25
- November 1 – November 29
The CSA Summer Session will offer produce, beef, and egg shares. Produce shares will cost $75. The deadline to submit your application is June 10.
Money spent locally will grow Robeson County’s local food system and economy. By eating healthy and locally you are helping our local economy grow.
For more information on how you can participate in a CSA, please contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticulture Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center at 671-3276, by E-mail at Mack_Johnson@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at https://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/. Contact information for the Robeson County Farmers Market Association is: website: robesoncountyfarmersmarket.com and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mail your payment (made payable to Robeson County Farmers Market) to:
Robeson County Farmers Market
3241 Tolarsville Road
St. Pauls, NC 28384