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NEPA CSA & Market Guide

If you happened to catch our spot on today’s Pa Live! today you know that Earth Day has us talking about the benefits of eating local. Of course we are always talking about the benefits of eating local…. as there are many! This time we are highlighting the food waste epidemic here in America. A growing problem that simply eating local can help solve.

Did you know that 30-40% of food produced in the US ends up in the landfill rather than in our bellies? That is a startling 20 lbs per person per month. On its journey from farm to table a lot can go wrong, but there is something fairly simple and greatly impactful that we can do, right? Choose local.

Local products travel less, are handled less, use less packaging and are produced using fewer precious resources. Small farms and producers often find creative uses for the waste that is unavoidable, such as turning organic waste into feed or compost. Simply put, in a small operation even a little loss can hurt, so we get creative and work together to provide solutions to the problem of waste. Buying local goods supports these efforts and well… that’s good for everyone.

“No everyday decision is more important to our health—or the health of our planet—than what we eat.” – NRDC.org

CSA INFO:

Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce: Summer Salad Share – The perfect CSA for those who love fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. (20 weeks @ $19 per week) Call Bill or Amanda at (570) 561-4093 or email amanda@rowlandspaproduce.org

Quails-R-Us: Farm raised poultry, eggs, lamb, pork and goat. Call (570) 224-0014

Dancing Hen Farms: Weekly shares of healthy, local produce grown without synthetic chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. Egg and chicken shares also available. Call 570-925-0263

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative: Large co-op out of Lancaster offering a wide range of CSA options. From traditional produce to fruit, herbs, cheese and medicinal options. Call 717-656-3533 or email csa@lancasterfarmfresh.com

Purple Pepper Farms: Hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables using sustainable and organic practices. Call Trevor at (570) 815-7861 or email purplepepperfarms@gmail.com

Fullers Overlook Farm: Everything from vegetables to pasture raised meats and even flowers! Call Liz at (570) 687-4311 or email fullersoverlookfarm@gmail.com

Lackawaxen Farm Company LFC provides fresh, sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables, and other farm products. 570-253-5985

To meet some of these nice folks in person come out to our CSA sign-up on May 7th at Changes Fitness in Luzerne. If a CSA share is a little intimidating to you, no worries, here at Chic Chic Marketplace you can always get the local products you need in the exact quantity you want. You may have also noticed a currently empty section of our market labeled “bundles”, these will be our version of a CSA.  Offering you a selection of fresh produce, pastured meats and eggs, dairy and more at a great group price. We hope to have these up soon so you can truly take advantage of all the great local goods this area has to offer!

Don’t forget to look for these local markets in your neighborhood as well!

Farmers Markets:

Back Mountain Library Farmers Market  Saturdays 9am-2pm July – Oct. Dallas Elementary School parking lot Hildebrandt Rd. Dallas, PA (570) 675-1182

Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market Public Square Wilkes-Barre every thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. June through November 17th.

Pittston City Farmers’ Market South Main Street Pittston, PA.  2016 Season opens on Tuesday, July 5th and will be every Tuesday until November 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (570) 655-6140

South Side Farmers Market 509 Cedar Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505 The South Side Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday from October 10 to May 7 from 10am-2pm kkearney@uncnepa.org

Scranton Co-op Farmer’s Market  900 Barring Ave Scranton, PA. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm to 6pm starting in July.

Abington Winter Farm Market  1310 Morgan Hwy Clarks Summit, PA. Every Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tunkhannock Farmers Market 809 Hunter Hwy Tunkhannock, PA in the Brady and Cavany Ace Hardware Store parking lot. Saturdays 10am-2pm June – Nov.

Forks Farm Market  299 Covered Bridge Road Orangeville, PA 17859 2016 market dates: Saturday, April 23 (10am-1pm), Saturday, May 14 & 28 (10am-2pm), Saturday,  June 11 & 25 (10am-2pm), Saturday, July 9 & 23 (10am-2pm), Saturday, August 13 & 27  (10am-2pm), Saturday, September 10 & 24 (10am-2pm), Saturday, October 8  & 22 (10am-2pm), Tuesday, November 22 (1-5pm) On Farm Turkey Pick-Up Saturday, December 17 (10am-1pm) Holiday Market.  tel. (570) 683-5820

If we have overlooked a CSA or market please do share it with us in the comments below! Happy Earth Day everyone!

Additional sources for finding local food:

http://www.localharvest.org/

http://www.papreferred.com/

https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets

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