Support The Path Farm Co-op AND Healthy Lifestyles- Naturally Grown Vegetables, No Pesticides!
Attend our upcoming Co-op Members meeting on Friday, August 31, 6-7:30pm at College of Central Florida, S Lecanto Hwy in the Conference Center, rm. 103. You’ll get a chance to ask questions, sign up for the co-op season, meet our farmer, staff and other members, and see how your vegetables are grown!
Keeping farms in a community can be a positive for the community, but why would your family want to join The Path Farm’s Co-op? Mainly for the freshest vegetables you can buy and to support our community. Many vegetables are harvested within 24 hours of the time you receive them. That means they have less time to lose their flavor and nutritional value. Perhaps for health reasons, no pesticides or preservatives being sprayed on your food is attractive to you.
The Path Farm Co-op is offering you and your family the opportunity to enjoy a variety of healthy greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other winter veggies grown naturally using environment-friendly resources– like worm castings, river muck and other nutrient-rich resources to grow tasty, nutritious vegetables. Supporting The Path’s farm co-op means you are helping the men and women at The Path shelter improve their lifestyles. Co-op “subscribers” make a financial commitment to the farm by buying “shares” (aka a subscription membership for six months). The shares provide the farm with the funds needed to plant, grow and harvest the crops. In return, the subscriber receives a basket – or “share” — of seasonal produce throughout the fall/winter season, every Friday or Saturday, depending on your pickup arrangements. Pickups are located at The Hernando Farmer’s Market produce stand on Hwy. 41 (south of Chicken King).
A current member explains what this program means to her: ” We love what you and the farm are doing. We love our chance to do our own little part. I’m a 48 yr old native Floridian that LOVES okra after this summer. Every little bit of change and growth the farm has brought to us has been good.”
Members pay the same whether it turns out to be a bumper year or a skinny one. Weather conditions have a lot to do with the varieties that grow during a season, the quantity and how long a particular vegetable is available, and how much food is in your basket. Members and the farm together share the burden– and the bounty. Memberships are for the full six months, whether weekly pickups are made or not. Many members share the benefits of healthy food by donating their basket to friends, family members or other organizations when they are not able to make their pickup.
The vegetables you receive from The Path’s farm will vary in size and appearance during the season, looking and tasting similar to those you would grow in your own home garden. The vegetables in the grocery store tend to be more uniform and perfect, because those varieties are chosen mainly to keep their appearance through shipping and storage, and then graded to remove those that are misshapen or have blemishes. The varieties we grow were chosen for their flavor and their ability to produce well in our climate, and are not expected to look perfect.
Comparing our co-op membership price to prices in the grocery store is not a good track of thinking. Basket contents may vary from week to week and there is no guarantee of the exact amount of vegetables in your basket. You can purchase extra produce and other food items at their retail prices from Hernando Farmer’s Market produce stand, our business partner. We do our best to give you as much quantity and variety available at harvest from The Path’s farm. If we do supplement your basket, we’ll do our best to inform you!
The health benefits are well worth the risk.
Using natural environmentally-friendly methods and no pesticides, The Path raises vegetables that grow best in this area during the fall and winter growing seasons, approximately six months from October to the end of March. We grow, we harvest and we pack the produce — all you have to do is enjoy the bounty!! You make a financial commitment to the farm by purchasing a membership (aka a subscription), take the same risk as the farmer, and receive a basket of our locally-grown vegetables on a weekly basis. We have also been able to offer “You Pick It” days, an opportunity for co-op members to come out to the farm and pick their own produce.
For more information about The Path’s upcoming Fall 2012 Farm Co-op or the member meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about The Path’s farm project, visit www.thepathcommunity.org.