It’s CSA season in Greenville! Local fruits and veggies are growing in abundance and our local farmers are keeping your pantry and fridge stocked with CSA baskets! CSA means Community Supported Agriculture. By signing up for a CSA you are purchasing a share of vegetables from a regional farmer. Sometimes local purveyors also throw in a product or two. There may be bread, jam or even local honey. The gives people direct access to fresh farm-raised produce and products and provides additional, dependable income for area farmers. Farmers use CSA income to plan for the next season, purchase supplies and make repairs on farm equipment. What a fantastic way to keep your family healthy and support local farms!
Did you know that Furman has a farm? It’s true, and you can get a bag of fresh Furman produce every week at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market for $60 per month ($32 student rate). That’s a steal for fresh, local veggies!
If you’re looking for a CSA that includes farm-raised meat, Greenbrier Farms has you covered. The vegetable share is $416 per season and includes organic fruits and vegetables along with non-produce items like pesto, bread, salsa, and pizza dough. The protein share is $494 per share and includes pasturized chicken, pork, and/or beef each week. Drop points include Greenbrier Farms in Easley, The Community Tap in Greenville, and Whole Foods in Greenville.
Crescent Farm is just south of Clinton, SC but they deliver their CSA shares to Whole Foods in Greenville, so picking up is easy and convenient. Full season shares in Greenville are $925. Check out their website for photos of weekly shares and information on their produce.
Located in Taylors, SC, Mini Miracles Farm offers vegetable, fruit, egg, and meat shares. This is a great way to prepare well-rounded meals with local goods! Full season veggie/fruit/egg shares are $1,920 with discounts and payment arrangements available. You can pick your share up at the farm, or they will deliver to your home if it’s within a 15 mile radius.
Bioway Farm is located in Ware Shoals, SC with CSA shares available for pick up at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Whole Foods in Greenville.
Mother Earth Produce does CSAs a little differently, offering weekly produce options in your choice of a small, medium, or large bins, hand delivered to your door. Although located in Western NC, they deliver to Greenville, Simpsonville, Travelers Rest, Spartanburg, Greer, Moore, Lyman, and Boiling Springs.
If you can’t get out there and grow your own fresh food, please support those who do by signing up for CSA’s and shopping at your local farmers markets!