Sign up for organic produce in NE

The dead­lines are rap­idly ap­proach­ing for folks to sign up for North­east Phil­adelphia’s only Lan­caster Farm Fresh Co­oper­at­ive or­gan­ic pro­duce pick-up loc­a­tion. From May through Oc­to­ber, par­ti­cipants will be able to pick up fresh or­gan­ic ve­get­ables, fruits and oth­er farm products weekly at the Glen Fo­erd es­tate, 5001 Grant Ave.

Those wish­ing to sign up by mail must sub­mit the form by April 18. On­line sign-ups con­clude April 25 and are avail­able at www.lan­caster­farm­

Lan­caster Farm Fresh is a com­munity sup­por­ted ag­ri­cul­ture (CSA) or­gan­iz­a­tion. Each week dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son, the CSA will de­liv­er shares of the har­vest in bulk to Glen Fo­erd for dis­tri­bu­tion to co-op mem­bers. Par­ti­cipants must pay in ad­vance to sup­port the farm­ers’ in­vest­ment. Weekly shares are har­ves­ted 24 to 48 hours be­fore each de­liv­ery.

One full ve­get­able share costs $725 for 25 weekly de­liv­er­ies of nine to 12 items, which works out to $29 a week. Half-shares are also avail­able for $475 ($19 per week) and provide four to sev­en ve­get­ables per week. An­oth­er op­tion is to find a friend and split the cost. Share­hold­ers are en­cour­aged to pay in full up front, but a plan with three sched­uled pay­ments is also avail­able.

In ad­di­tion to ve­get­ables, fruits, flowers and dairy products are avail­able. The money col­lec­ted from par­ti­cipants sup­ports farm­ers’ liv­ing wages and op­er­a­tion­al costs. In re­turn, the com­munity be­ne­fits from fresh, nu­tri­tious, qual­ity pro­duce at an af­ford­able price. Mem­bers also have the op­por­tun­ity to vis­it co-op farms for “potluck” events, while the co-op of­fers cook­ing and pre­serving work­shops.

Those who are in­ter­ested in the CSA, but may not be able to af­ford to pay, may be eli­gible for need-based sub­sidies. Ap­plic­a­tions are avail­able by email re­quests sent to csa@lan­caster­farm­

Lan­caster Farm Fresh is a non­profit co­oper­at­ive of 75 or­gan­ic farm­ers in Lan­caster County. The farm­ers fo­cus on grow­ing healthy, high-qual­ity foods from highly main­tained and en­riched soils on small-scale fam­ily farms. For in­form­a­tion, call Glen Fo­erd at 215-632-5330 or vis­it the Lan­caster Farm Fresh web­site. ••

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