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Community Support Agriculture (CSAs) in North Carolina

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With spring coming we're looking forward to another season with The Produce Box.

We found it to be a great buy for us. It's not only saving us money but it's improving our family's menu with fresh local produce.

We paid the annual enrollment fee ($18) and we're already thinking of how we're going to plan our meals around the weekly deliveries.

This weekend we were chatting with friends and they were speaking about a program that they've signed up for, Carolina Grown, that offers a similar service with produce, meat, dairy, and more.

Community Support Agriculture in North Carolina

With community supported agriculture, when you sign up you’re shareholder or member that has an economic relationship with a local farmer or farms.

The Produce Box and Carolina Grown work to connect North Carolina farmers with local consumers.

These programs offers something slightly different than the typical CSA. They are wonderful ways to get fresh food in a sustainable manner.

It’s even delivered right to your door, making it incredibly convenient.

There are several benefits to this model:

Programs like these can be incredibly powerful, not only for the families signing up for the program, but also for farmers and businesses in the area.

Carolina Grown has a point system that they use for orders. You pay weekly, monthly, or yearly and spend them as you see fit.

The Produce Box is a bit more straight forward with payments.

How it worked last season for us:

We loved the system and had no problems when we decided to skip a couples of weeks.

Thoughts on Community Supported Agriculture

I'm happy to see more options in our area for local food and we're looking at Carolina Grown for picking up meats and local specialty items.

I’d love to hear what you have planned for this upcoming season. Are you participating in CSA in your area? Do you plan on growing a home garden?

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