Supporting Local Growers
If you’re looking to support local produce growers this summer, the CSA box program is the way to go! For the past 3 years, the Williamson Farmers market has distributed the CSA boxes to folks throughout the area.
Such programs are common practice for places looking to promote locally grown food, says Kristin DeBoard. “CSA stands for community supported agriculture, so essentially they are buying shares of each grower’s farm and sharing in the bounty,” She says. “It's always good to promote and grow local food systems and reduce dependence on industrial farming.”
The boxes are available every week throughout the summer, from June to September. Each box costs only $25, and contains a variety of local produce. “Our local vendors, and some from Logan and Wayne county, supply the program. We try to feature one value-added item as well, like honey, jam, or bread,” Says Kristen. The items in the boxes typically come from regular market vendors.
The program started small, but as of last year they had 50 weekly subscribers to the boxes. To become a subscriber to the program or to learn more, visit their Facebook page!