Farm Growing Along With Its Crops
Sweltering weather hasn’t slowed work at the Guilford Farm, which recently set a new daily sales record, sold its first batch of sweet peppers and eggplant, and produced its first ripe cantaloupe.
The farm, with about an acre of cultivated land, sells produce to the Guilford and Oak Ridge Military Academy cafeterias; Lucky 32, Josephine’s and Elizabeth’s restaurants; and Deep Roots Market, a natural foods cooperative. That’s in addition to the roughly two dozen subscribers who paid $60 for Community Supported Agriculture shares.
CSA subscribers pick up a box of seasonal produce, harvested at the peak of ripeness, once a week for four weeks. This week’s box included summer squash, cucumbers, Swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes and basil.
One day workers picked almost two bushels of heirloom tomatoes, says farmer Korey Erb, and on another they were able to donate more than 100 pounds of squash and cucumbers to a local nonprofit.
Read more about the farm on the Sustainability Web page.