Pamplin, VA, February 26, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Consumer demand for locally grown vegetables and fruits has skyrocketed in recent years, and at least one area farm is responding to that demand with a new program aimed at families and groups in the Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Farmville areas. Frog Bottom Farm, located in Appomattox County, provides vegetables from June to October through its Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, subscription program.
In a CSA program, customers pay up front to receive vegetables directly from a farm every week throughout the summer and fall. They receive significant savings over farmers markets and even supermarket prices while directly contributing to the survival of small farms in Virginia.
“A CSA benefits both the farmer and the consumer,” notes Todd P. Haymore, Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “CSA members receive outstanding, locally grown produce and other products, while farmers in the vicinity have their costs pre-paid and know in advance how much to grow.”
Haymore encourages interested families to sign up now for membership in a 2009 CSA program. “CSAs are quickly gaining in popularity so if you are interested, now is the time to explore the possibility of joining.”
“The CSA model is definitely appealing to more and more folks these days,” confirms Lisa Moussalli, who owns and runs Frog Bottom Farm with her husband Ali. “Everybody loves food that tastes good. And I think now, with the current economic climate, alongside all these industrial food scares, people are really trying to figure out their best options for food that's safe and affordable.”
Frog Bottom Farm is accepting registrations for its CSA now and encourages early sign-ups. For more information or to sign up, contact Lisa and Ali Moussalli or visit frogbottomfarm.com.
About Frog Bottom Farm
Frog Bottom Farm is a small community supported vegetable farm in Appomattox County, Virginia. Farmers Lisa and Ali Moussalli grow vegetables for eaters in and around Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Farmville using low impact, sustainable methods. Their produce is available through their CSA subscription program. They believe that good food, carefully grown and creatively shared, is a powerful tool for cultivating strong family and community connections. In addition to their CSA, they are developing education and outreach programs.