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The growth of community supported agriculture in the Fredericksburg area, Part 2.
And so the localvore/CSA movement was born. I was able to create a new weekend day on Wednesday (CSA pickup day). Besides the fruit and vegetables that are given out weekly to the CSA, a la carte sales at the roadside on Wednesday are now stronger than any weekend day.
The "double weekend" setup allows me to have a constant, even flow of fruits and vegetables for full-time retail sales without having to sell wholesale below the cost of production. The only occasional complaint I get is, "Why [or how] do you put so much fruit and vegetables in your CSA?"
I can answer that question with a question: If you were me, and you could choose between selling produce below the cost of production to a company that pays you when it feels like it and doesn't care if you live or die--or you could put it in your local families' CSA share who paid you in advance and would like nothing better than to see you and your family succeed at farming--which would you do?
I have told all the farmers
You've heard the saying, "High tide raises all ships." Well, family farms now have a business model that can beat out the biggest of the big-box stores on price, quality and value while keeping local money in the local economy. Slaying Goliath is almost as much fun as farming itself.
Here is a list of all the local farms that I know of that do CSAs or deliver in the Fredericksburg area:
Email: email@example.com (send email request for information on Fredericksburg CSA)
In case I missed any CSAs above, you can go to localhar vest.org, enter your ZIP code for CSAs and farmers markets in your area, and see a list.
Emmett Snead operates Snead's Farm along Tidewater Trail in Caroline County.