Until last year, we stopped all deliveries December thru March because there weren’t enough veggies to fill the boxes…. there were “some” available, but not quite enough variety to make the program work in the winter. Plus, we had to lay off 50 hub workers and all our wonderful Neighborhood Coordinators each winter.
We also knew that there were many members who wanted to buy veggies year round. So, last year, we made a decision to buy regional produce February through early April, to offer more choices along with our local offerings.
This helped us fill and sweeten the boxes and we realized that we sell WAY more NC produce than we would have without the added regional items.
So, here we go for 2015! Kevin has been back to Florida and visited with 4th generation farmers Tommy and Brandon at V&B farm, who we met through our farm partners in Winston Salem. We will be working with these guys to buy REGIONAL during Feb and March, and then go back to 100% local in April. This is how we still can help NC farmers sell their root veggies, sweet potatoes, and greens, and “sweeten things up” with some exciting Florida items!
Of course, we are keeping our goals in mind, which is to support NC farmers and sell as much of their produce as we can — over 1.5 million pounds in 2014! The bonus is that we are keeping those guys in our HUB employed year round and our Neighborhood Coordinators out there bringing you veggies year round!