Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Legare Farms is offering a winter Community Supported Agriculture program for the first time. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the community to form a relationship with a local farm. This year will be the seventh year for Legare Farms to offer a CSA. By making a financial commitment to the farm, people pay for the season up-front. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Shareholders take a risk along with the farmer on the crop. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.
The farm normally takes the winter months off but have some winter crops planted so they are doing a winter program. The season will last six weeks starting in Feb. 11 and running through March 20.
Helen Legare said ”I have always been reluctant to do a winter season because most of what is available is greens. Greens get old really quick. I think we can mix it up enough so you won’t get tired of greens.”
Here is what the farm hopes to have: collards, kale, mustard, sweet potatoes, spinach, beets, turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash, and acorn squash. The Legares are talking to a friend in Florida about getting some citrus to add to the mix. They are also going to try some tomatoes in the green house as well as yellow squash. We can get green onions and lettuce ready if the weather cooperates. They are pouring through seed catalogs now to see if there’s something else they can plant and have ready in time.
Legare Farms’ CSA is unique because it is not a drop and go type CSA. A member of the Legare family or staff is at the pick up location to meet each member and share what is going on at the farm. A CSA is to form a relationship between the farmers and the members and the only way to do this is to get to know each other better each week. Legare Farms staff will share tips for preparing vegetables and members are encouraged to share tips as well as recipes. In order to form a community the farmers must know their members and the members must know their farmer.
Legare Farms is a ninth generation family farm on Johns Island. Legare Farms also raises free range eggs, hormone and antibiotic free beef, pork, and poultry. A CSA allows us to be a part of the community by making our healthy farm products available to directly to the public. Meat, Eggs, and canned goods are available to purchase at each drop site.
2014 will be the seventh year that Legare Farms has offered a CSA vegetable program. The farm offers five locations for vegetable pickups. They include the farm, Trident Tech on Rivers Ave., West Ashley, James Island, and Mount Pleasant. The cost for the winter season is $115 for half and $157 for a full share.
The farm is also taking new members for the regular 2014 season. The regular season last 15 weeks with nine weeks in the spring/summer and six weeks in the fall.
Legare Farms’ CSA provides a half bushel of produce for a total of 15 weeks. A half share is also available. There is an assortment of vegetables every week. The basket of produce may include tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, okra, squash, and radishes. Early spring and fall may include winter crops such as collards, turnips, beets, onions, arugala, and lettuce. The produce baskets are packed with whatever is ready to be picked that week. The cost for the CSA season is $355.00 for a full share and $245 for a half share. The cost of the Fall season is $157 for a full share and $115 for a half share.
Call the farm 843-559-0788, email email@example.com or got to their website www.legarefarms.com for more information.