Sandhills Farm to Table Returns in April
Looking for a great way to find fresh, healthy, local and delicious produce each week? Well you are in luck, as Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative is returning to town this April with fresh fruits and veggies grown by farmers right here in the Sandhills region. Strawberries, sweet corn, asparagus, blueberries, tomatoes, lettuce, peaches and more will stuff the early Sandhills Farm to Table Co-op (SF2T) produce boxes, available by subscription on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Grown by the family farmers of SF2T, a community-owned Cooperative supporting over 35 Sandhills producers, SF2T brings to your table the freshest and very best in locally harvested produce. The Co-op motto is “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.”
To bring fresh, nutritious foods to Sanford, SF2T is partnering once again with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Lee County, Karma Boutique and Carolina Lakes for public pickups of fresh produce boxes. Deliveries for SF2T’s 2017 season begin the week ofApril 19th. Pickups are every Wednesday/Thursday through mid-November. Convenient workplace deliveries in Sanford are now available as well and you can contact SF2T directly for more information about signing up your workplace.
Every produce box purchased also sends positive economic ripples out into the community. In 2016, more than $240,000 went to Sandhills family farmers & artisans through SF2T’s produce & local food purchases. From those purchases, more than 3 tons of produce was donated to low-access areas through various food pantries and shelters in the Sandhills. Additionally, over $35,000 was contributed directly to churches, small/locally-owned businesses, and other community groups through funds raised by the various gathering and distribution sites. Here locally, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Lee County plans to use their contributions from SF2T to support groups such as Master Gardener Volunteers, 4-H Youth Development Programs, Lee County Extension Community Association and the Lee County Extension Advisory Committee.
Become a part of “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors”. Sign up today to receive fresh and local produce while supporting your Sandhills farmers and producers. Sandhills Farm to Table subscriptions are available online at www.sandhillsfarm2table.com or by calling 910-722-1623.
Bill Stone is County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.