From Davie County Farms to Your Supper Table ~ Community Supported Agriculture


Enjoy garden fresh produce all season long!  Davie County is home to two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.  These CSA farms directly link local residents and nearby farmers, eliminating “the middleman” and increasing the benefits to both the farmer and the consumer.

In a CSA program, a farmer grows food for a group of local residents (called “shareholders” or “subscribers”) who commit at the beginning of each year to purchase part of that farm’s crop. The shareholders thus directly support a local farm and receive a low-cost weekly supply of fresh, high-quality produce. The farmers receive an initial cash investment to finance their operation and a higher percentage of each crop dollar because of direct delivery. Both parties jointly share the benefits and risks.

People with their own vegetable gardens understand the delicious “snap” and outstanding flavor of fresh picked produce.  2 CSA operations in Davie County make it easy to treat your family to those fresh-picked flavors and wholesome nutrition of days gone by.

CSA Subscriptions Make Great Gifts
Another great idea is to offer CSA subscriptions to friends and family as gifts that will be delivered each week during the harvest season which generally runs from May through about September.

Calahaln Farm
Calahaln Farm, located at 510 Calahaln Road, Mocksville is a family run farm owned and operated by David, Gloria and Kim Anderson.  They Andersons have ben farming the same land for generations and began offering CSA subscriptions on 2009.  The Calahaln family are generally at the farm from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

Galliher Farm
Galliher Farm, located at 183 Garwood Road, Mocksville is a family run farm owned and operated by Michel and Renee Galliher.  Michael and Renee are both form families who have been farming for generations and have been offering CSA subscriptions since 2008.

It is important for shareholders to understand that purchasing a CSA share is not a guarantee they will receive all the products the farmer offers. By purchasing the share, they assume some of the same risks that farmers face everyday — crop damage from drought, hail, pests or disease. Circumstances beyond the farmer’ control may dictate what shareholders receive in their share boxes.

At the same time, participating in a CSA is a great way to develop a relationship with a local farmer and to guarantee that fresh, local produce will find its way to your kitchen each week.  CSAs often offer products not found in a supermarket, giving shareholders a chance to try new foods.

CSA Farms ~ Advantages for farmers:

  • Farmers get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Farmers receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Farmers have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

CSA Farms  ~ Advantages for consumers:

  • Consumers eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Consumers get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Consumers get to visit the farm where their food is grown
  • Consumers get maximum nutritional value of fresh picked produce
  • Consumers find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Consumers develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

CSA Farms ~ Advantages for the Environment:

  • The minimal transportation required to transport food locally is a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • CSA farmers produce their food with fewer pesticides or inorganic fertilizers, so they are as natural as possible, limiting their impact on the environment.  The Galiher farm is indeed  certified organic.

It’s not too late to enjoy garden fresh produce this year.  Simply contact one or both of the Davie County CSA farms.  Readers from outside Davie County may access a list of North Carolina CSA farms by using the link provided below.

Resources:
Calahaln Farm
Galliher Farm
Complete List of North Carolina CSA Farms

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