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The good news is that folks who want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it can find local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms on the Local Harvest website.  http://www.localharvest.org/ Several Franklin County Dems visited Eric Lober’s Sunny Creek Farm in Villa Ridge recently and are excited about the possibility of buying fresh produce, eggs, chicken and beef from Eric in 2010.  In order to be listed with the national Local Harvest online network, a farmer has to follow all the organic, healthy, chemical-free rules established by organic farmers nationally.  

There are many benefits to buying locally, and that whole idea seems to be catching on.  For people who want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it, local is the best way to go.  For those concerned about carbon emissions created by long-haul transportation, buying locally produced food makes all kinds of sense.

And for people who want to help sustain small family farms, there’s no better way to do it than buying a membership in a CSA farm.  Rather than getting a box of food each week chosen by the farmer, Eric’s plan is to let members shop for what they want each week, and he will keep track of how much each person’s account is drawn down.  Memberships run from $200 to $600, depending on how large a family is and how much of the more expensive stuff they order.  Eric sets up his accounts in January and uses that income to buy what he needs to get started in the spring.  So, if you want to get in on this opportunity to buy locally produced food that’s safe to eat, check out the Sunny Creek Farm website at   http://www.localharvest.org/fa…

Or call Eric at (636) 451-5566.

For those of you who live in West St. Louis County, Eric sells his products at the Wildwood farmers’ market during the season.