Community Supported Agriculture brings fresh produce to Delawareans

CSA june 2014By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

On the opening day of the Loockerman Way Farmers’ Market, downtown Dover was bustling.

Wednesday, June 18 was a hot day, and since the market opened at 11:30 a.m. shoppers welcomed cold beverages and sought shade under a big tree.

This market is significant to the Food Bank of Delaware since it’s a distribution site for our CSA program.

CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food. Shares are purchased at $500 for 18 weeks or $250 for a half share.

The program also benefits families in need, those eligible for SNAP benefits. Families can buy in for $20 and receive a share for $10/week ($5 for a half) and pick up boxes at select locations.

The contents of the package vary from week to week, depending on what is in season. In addition to receiving farm-fresh produce, some shareholders also receive tokens to be used around their local farmers market to purchase SNAP-approved items such as artisan bread, fresh eggs, local honey, homemade pasta and much more.

Shares are picked up weekly at the Cool Springs Farmers’ Market, the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark, the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford or the Lookerman Way Farmers’ Market.

Linda Butcher of Dover said she learned about the program through Food Bank distributions at Calvary Assembly of God.

She paused during the busy market to say she was really looking forward to using the produce in her share box: beets, parsley, zucchini, lettuce, blueberries and potatoes.

“I think I’ll make potato salad with the potatoes and fresh parsley,” she said.

Barbara Brkovich, our CSA coordinator, reports this year’s program has been a sell-out success with a waiting list of income-eligible folks ready to participate. Donor shares are still available, and individuals may sign up at any time this summer to receive a pro-rated price. To learn more about donor shares, please click here or contact Barb Brkovich, CSA Program Coordinator at (302) 292-1305 ext 204 or bbrkovich@fbd.org.

Volunteers are also needed to help pack produce shares for the program. For available shifts or to sign up, please click here. To volunteer at the Lookerman Way Farmers’ Market, please click here.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272  or (202) 720-6382.

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