Why I Love FarmShares

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By Thomas Nelson, president and co-founder of Capay Valley Farm Shop

For over a decade, farmers in the Capay  Valley have participated in a community  dialogue that grows out of a love of place  and people. We have worked from the  premise that one way to keep this region  agriculturally vital is to get as close to our  customers as possible. Capay Valley Farm  Shop grew out of these conversations as a  tangible way to connect our urban  neighbors directly with the source of their  food.

Our service, FarmShares, builds on many  of our farmers’ hands-on experience with  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  They know how powerful this model is at  forging direct ties between growers and  eaters. Since beginning our multi-farmCSA in 2008 we have committed to  transparency and sharing the bounty of the  season’s harvest. We have sought to  develop a service that makes it convenient  for our customers to access a diversity of  foods grown by more than 30 small, family farms. By delivering to workplaces and  neighborhoods we have created an  efficient delivery system—how great to go  to work or run weekly errands and come  home with fresh, local food.

From the get go, we have heard how  Capay Valley FarmShares brings joy and  excitement to our customers’ lives every  week. The products often speak for  themselves and the story of the farms and  people who work with passion to grow food  and steward a rural region nurtures hope  and connection. In a few short years we  have grown to serve an amazing network  of businesses, hospitals, schools and local  shops with fresh food from Capay Valley.

Through the simple act of eating  locally grown food, we believe a  significant chain of relationships  develops. People’s health improves.  Farmers earn a fair price for their  labor and livelihood. Our economy  keeps more dollars circulating locally.  We establish a sustainable ecological  foodprint . And as eaters and farmers  forge direct relationship, there’s an  interaction that improves the quality of  life for all involved. That’s why I love  FarmShares.

Today, we invite you to tell your  friends and family about FarmShares. By making just one referral in  November you will be eligible to win a  set of beautiful greeting cards featuring the farm photography of Susan Cohen Burne. There are a  total of 5 prizes available. The grand  prize—a Hambakahle Farm heritage  turkey for the winter holidays—will go  to the person who makes the most  referrals by the end of the month. Help  grow our community by  recommending FarmShares to your  friends and co-workers. While you’re  at it, like us on Facebook, follow us on  Twitter @Capay FarmShop and let us  know why you love your FarmShare!


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