September 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – A Katy church will partner with a local farm New Hope Presbyterian Church, located at 1350 North Mason Road, will team up with Wood Duck Farm of Cleveland, TX to provide direct-to-consumer farm produce. This Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program will begin in early October.
â€œThe CSA program is a direct partnership between the consumer and the farmer,â€ said Wood Duck Farm owner Van Weldon. â€œWeâ€™re excited to have New Hope join us as our latest distribution site.â€
The 10-week program brings a variety of fresh herbs and produce to the consumer.Â â€œFor the fall weâ€™ve planted arugula and salad mix items, as well as direct seeded some carrots, beets, spinach and chard. Squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe and honeydew also have been transplanted,â€ said Weldon.
Cost of the program is $330 for the season for a full share and $220 for a partial share. â€œA full share is generally sufficient for about two vegetable sides for four to five meals for a family of four,â€ Weldon noted. â€œA partial share is about one-third less, so it may be a better fit for two adults.â€
Weekly CSA Farm shares will be available for pick-up from the church on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. New Hope is located one-quarter mile north of Interstate 10 on Mason Road.
To join the program, visit Wood Duck Farmâ€™s website at www.woodduckfarm.com. Click on the â€œCSA Programâ€ tab and follow the directions for â€œHow to Join our CSA.â€
The small family farm began by planting specialty produce for top restaurants in Houston, Austin and Dallas. The CSA program was added because â€œpeople like to know where their produce comes from,â€ Weldon said. â€œWe also offer a variety of farm programs and specialty chef dinners to reintroduce todayâ€™s children and their parents back to farm life.â€
â€œNew Hope feels itâ€™s important to support local farmers and their efforts which is why we volunteered to be a distribution site,â€ said Sarah Mato, who has participated in the CSA program for more than a year. â€œWe hope others in the Katy area will take advantage of Wood Duck Farmâ€™s quality CSA program.â€ Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.