Posts tagged ‘Community-supported agriculture’

April 22, 2012

Weekend Walking::Earth Day & The Market

by heatherkp

This weekend we have been dog sitting for this little guy who happens to live downtown Charleston.  We are also about to be living downtown so we are going to be doing a lot of walking!

I was really excited to wake up Saturday and know I could walk to the downtown farmers market! Charleston has a vibrant weekly market at Marion Square and I’ve always loved it (even when visiting I’d try to stop by).

Ambrose Family Farms

Lowland FarmsOwl’s Nest Plantation

I am not familiar with this “Certified Naturally Grown” label (not sure why having worked at a farm stand/CSA for the last 2 years!) but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of it.

Loved the set up here with the bins running long way down the tent.  As with everything I do, I look for the form and the function. I believe well designed should be beautiful and vice versa!  So naturally the farm vendors who really “spoke” to me (who I purchased from and took photo’s of) were those that had beautiful, local (mostly organic) produce and well designed/displayed set up’s.

They have live music, local produce and lots of local food and art/craft vendors.  I saw a few I recognized and some new ones.  The market runs from April through December so things are just getting started.  I’ll be taking weekly walks to the market to pick up fresh produce while we are living so close.  After that, who knows but this gives me a chance to sample different produce from local farms and choose which CSA I’ll be joining!

I have been a suburbanite for EVER!  Everywhere I’ve ever lived required getting in a car and driving to almost every destination.  I have been walking everywhere since we’ve been here and I’m hereby pledging to take a weekly walk to the farmers market for my local produce over the next couple months! It feels great to be able to celebrate earth week this year by doing so much walking and supporting local farms and businesses.

How are you celebrating Earth Week/Earth Day?  Has your local farmers market opened up yet for the season?


February 2, 2011

Wednesday Wellness::Eat Well

by heatherkp

Eat lots of organic and local produce!

I don’t want to lecture anyone here so if you don’t want to hear it just look at the pretty pictures and move on, but I promise I won’t get preachy!  The truth is though, we can all eat a little better right? We can try to eat less sugar, more whole grains, more produce and we can be be more aware about how far the foods we eat are traveling and how much they are processed.

Norman's Farm Market

Norman's Farm Market

When I became a Master Gardener back in 2003 I began to grow more of my own veggies and joined my first CSA.  Since then I’ve continued to grow some of my own produce and I’ve become an avid supporter of local farmers.  In the last several years I’ve been quite involved in local programs that encourage people to learn and grow some of their own food.  Here in Maryland a program was launched called Grow It Eat It to help educate Maryland residents on sustainable food growing practices.  Your local extension office probably has a lot of free information available to you via classes, plant clinics, free downloads etc…check them out!

Norman's Farm Market CSA

Norman's Farm Market CSA

I believe strongly in using and supporting Organic practices (even though I have a working knowledge of IPM) especially when growing any kind of produce.  There is a lot of controversy out there about weather Organic is more nutritious, better for the land etc.  I generally go with what seems right and logical to me.  It doesn’t seem right to be pumping a bunch of chemicals into our agricultural system, it damages other connected environments and we can’t isolate the negative effects so it just seems right to abandon that method for safer practices.

Red Wiggler Farm CSA

Red Wiggler Farm CSA (lettuce varieties)

Right now is generally the time that CSA’s are signing up customers for the upcoming growing season.  If you have never tried a CSA you might want to think about doing so this year!  It’s a great way to meet local people you have something in common with, get to know a local farmer and support a local small business!  And most importantly for your health, it’s a great way to eat more healthy by having regular access to local (perhaps organic) and varied produce.

To find a local CSA, farmers market or Co-Op visit the Local Harvest website.  I like to encourage you to eat well by eating more produce that is produced well!