LAURINBURG — There are four weeks left this season to get farm fresh produce delivered directly to your area.
Scotia Village has been working with the Sandhills Farm to Table program to bring hand grown, local produce to the area. The company delivers individualized boxes of produce straight to Scotia Village’s doorstep in order to reach the entire community of Scotland County.
Sandhills has 20 to 30 produce farmers across the area that provide the food. Customers can choose from classic fall produce such as apples, muscadine, grapes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, gourds and squashes. Then there are a variety of greens such as collards, kale, lettuce and many more.
“It’s a 10-week program in the fall and there are only four weeks left,” said Ellen Sims, director of wellness at Scotia Village. “The program started on September 9th and will go through November 11th, then it will start back up in April.”
There are currently 2o people in the area subscribing to the boxes. Subscribers have the choice to pick up the box every week or every other week for $22.50 per delivery.
“People have been very pleased with their produce boxes,” Sims said. “It’s really cool seeing people get excited over fresh produce.”
All but two of the subscribers are from the community. There are also two Scotia Village residents among various community members that subscribed to receive a box.
“One is a school teacher from across the street and we have a few students from Saint Andrew’s University coming in to pick up their box,” she said.
All deliveries are made to Scotia Village. Boxes can be picked up on Wednesday’s from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“It’s like subscribing to a newspaper, you have to subscribe ahead of time so the farmers know how much they have to produce,” she said. “We need to keep our money local and support out local farmers.”
The Sandhills of North Carolina provides produce to Scotland, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Montgomery, Lee, Randolph, and Richmond County. They have been in business for seven years now with the initiative to provide local produce to community members.
So far, the company is happy to work with Scotia Village and Laurinburg.
“Everything from our perspective and the co-op with Scotia has been going really well,” said Steve Peters, the general manager of Sandhills. “We enjoy starting the relationship and connecting with the members in the Laurinburg area.”
Peters said the partnership has exceed his expectations.
“We already have 20 members, which for a new site in the fall is great and we’re delivering boxes every week,” he said. “We’re already over 75 boxes a week and our customers are really helping to get the word out.”
The next delivery date will be in the middle of April. If clients would like to sign up and subscribe to boxes they can go online. They can also subscribe for the early season sign up, which provides coupons and updates for the upcoming season.
“I couldn’t be more excited with how things are going right now,” he said. “Scotia is the gathering site that is open to the public and they’re anchoring for us Laurinburg, so we’re really gracious to have this opportunity.”
To sign up for a produce box go to http://www.sandhillsfarm2table.com/home.php
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.