As we become more conscious about our health, and our diets, we look for alternatives to regular grocery outlets. Homegrown and organic are becoming more popular, but we don’t all have time to do it ourselves. The answer? Farm shares. The St. Louis area is full of great opportunities to support, invest, buy and shop this wonderfully healthy, and delicious, alternative food source.
Earth Dance Farms
233 S. Dade Ave.
Ferguson, MO 63135
While you can buy great organic produce, grown by Earth Dance Farms, at the Ferguson Farmers Market, you might be missing the bigger picture. Sure, this farm grows great organic produce, but it also strives to spread the vision of connecting the community to the earth by supporting other organic farmers, and inspiring other creative ways of life. Its community outreach moves toward that goal by offering classes in such things as Farm and Garden Apprenticeships, Youth Programs, Community Supported Agriculture and more. Earth Dance offers classes and special events of all sorts so there is something for everyone who may have any level of interest in this new enterprise.
Local Harvest Grocery
3108 Morgan Ford Road
St. Louis, MO 63116
Local Harvest Grocery has been showcasing the finest local farmers, meat producers and dairy producers since 2007. Additionally, its small store offers the best in local coffee roasters, baked and dry goods, bulk, organic and home and body products. And don’t forget to check its Seed Library because it wants to encourage others to embrace the organic, self-sustaining garden bug. Need a little help with that gardening project? Sign up for a class. Local Harvest offers cooking and seasonal gardening, among other things. Join the 150-mile club and receive special discounts and rewards for spending. Pick up a gift card, too! Spread the love of sustainable growing to family and friends.
Three Rivers Community Farm
22867 Chautauqua Road
Elsah, IL 62028
Take a drive up the historic river road and get to know the folks at Three Rivers Community Farm. The farm is on the campus of the beautiful Principia College. As you become familiar with its operation, you will surely want to consider being a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) member. Membership benefits ensure that you will receive weekly shipments of freshly grown, seasonal produce. There are various levels of membership and the prices are right, too, so there is certainly a plan that will fit your needs. All produce is grown free from chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This CSA membership has grown in popularity. Since 2007, membership has grown from 150 to 300 members. Check the website for great ideas and recipes for all that wonderful produce. You will wonder why you waited so long to jump on the farm share bandwagon.
16991 Hwy W
Clarksville, MO 63336
Vesterbrook Farm is way ahead of the curve when it comes to the idea of organically sustainable farming. For more than 110 years, Vesterbrook has been the go-to grocer in the community for those who demand quality, organically grown produce. Check out its CSA membership plans and be first in line to get regular deliveries of the season’s best vegetables and fruits.
La Vista CSA Farm
4350 Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL 62035
It’s about community! That’s the best benefit, over and above freshly and organically grown produce that tastes great. La Vista wants to get to know the people for which it grows its crops. Join in and meet the farmers at the Welcome and Orientation in May. La Vista also wants to remind you that the success of farm share is rooted in volunteerism. It’s the best way to get connected to the community. Are you interested in sustainable farming? Check out the 2015 Internship Program. Learn how you can contribute to the CSA movement.
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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.