We know that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, free of sprays and chemicals, is good for all of us. For some, access to these healthy foods is difficult and sometimes unattainable. Cheap meats, processed foods, and sweets line the shelves of markets in impoverished areas. Chemical-laden foods are often the only choice.
In collaboration with Lunchbreak and Laurino Farms, Hockhockson Farm Foundation has developed the Farm To Every Table program, giving people the opportunity to donate fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need through Lunch Break in Red Bank, NJ. The fresh produce comes directly from Farmer Bobby Laurino’s fields in Colts Neck, NJ.
The Farm To Every Table allows you to donate toward a full ($499) or partial share of a Laurino Farm CSA for a family in need. By contributing to this program, you will make it possible for families to gain access to the freshest of fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious recipes and tips for cooking. When we feed our community, we feed our future!
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you join a CSA, you are giving local farmers the seed money to begin their crops, and support your local economy. In return, you receive a bounty from their harvest at an incredibly discounted price throughout the growing season.
Laurino Farms CSA Program starts in July and runs for 12 weeks. Each week a share includes up to fifteen items, including various fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs as they come in season. In July, a share would likely include items such as corn, blueberries, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, different peppers, string beans, and more. Come August, Jersey beefsteak tomatoes are in full swing as well as ripe jersey peaches, cantaloupe, honeydews, and watermelon. September brings about Jersey apples, apple cider, acorn, and butternut squash. Shares vary due to weather and crop yields, but everything will be fresh, free of sprays and chemicals and Jersey grown!
Not only will you be getting fresh food from the source, but by supporting a local farmer, you are also helping keep local farms in the community, ensuring that children and grandchildren have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food.
You can find more information about Laurino Farms CSAs on their website.