Staff Report for The Island Connection
Legare Farms will soon start its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable deliveries. A CSA is a way for the community to form a relationship with a local farm and get fresh vegetables each week.
Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. In this way, shareholders take a risk along with the farmer on the crop. Farming is a risky business. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.
Legare Farms’ CSA is unique because it is not a “drop and go” type CSA. A member of the Legare family or staff is at the pick up location to meet each member and share what is going on at the farm. Legare Farms staff will give tips for preparing vegetables as well as recipes. In order to form a community, the farmers must know their members and the members must know their farmer. Drop locations are available at Trident Tech on Rivers Ave., West Ashley, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, and at the farm.
Legare Farms’ CSA provides a seasonal half bushel of produce for a total of 15 weeks. A half share is also available. Nine weeks in the spring/summer and 6 weeks in the fall. The basket of produce may include tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, okra, squash, and radishes. Early spring and fall may include winter crops such as collards, turnips, beets, onions, arugala, and lettuce.
Contact Legare Farms at 843.559.0788 or email info@legarefarms. com for prices and more info or join online at LegareFarms.com. Legare Farms is a ninth generation family farm on Johns Island. Legare Farms also raises free range eggs, hormone and antibioticfree beef, pork, and poultry are also available to purchase at each drop site.