Monday, July 2, 2012

The CSA season begins!

This Monday marked a major turning point in the season - the first big CSA delivery of the year!  The very first CSA shares were delivered yesterday, available for pick up directly at the Scarborough Farmers' Market.  But today was our first big delivery, with seven participating farmers delivering about 55 shares to four different work sites and farm stands throughout the day.  Here's a few photos of the action:

Hussein is furiously packing boxes for his first delivery before moving on to help other farmers meet their deadlines.

Esperanza and her daughter are packing shares that will be available at the Whole Foods farm stand, one of five locations where Cultivating Community focuses its food access work.

The boxes are getting close. . . 

A close-up of some nearly finished shares before the lids are closed.

Boxes pile up in the wash station, while in the background Mohamed finishes his harvest.

And that's not all that happened today -- our wholesale accounts are now in full swing, too!  Today, farmers delivered produce to Portland-area food pantries as part of our partnership with the Maine Hunger Initiative and also contributed produce to Cultivating Community's Youth Growers program, the roots and backbone of Cultivating Community's food systems work.  

What a day -- here's hoping our deliveries catch you in the mix sometime soon!

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