Submitted by New Entry Food Hub

A new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site, New Entry Food Hub, will open in Bedford on June 18.

The New Entry Food Hub is a nonprofit group dedicated to strengthening local communities and increasing access to fresh food by partnering with senior centers, homeless shelters, childcare facilities, food banks, and other organizations serving low-income community members. New Entry’s organization also provides training and support to the local farmers who serve the CSA, many of whom are graduates of its new farmer training program.

The New Entry Food Hub is currently accepting members for the new pickup site at the Flatbread Company, 213 Burlington Rd. in Bedford. Weekly pickups will take place on Wednesdays, between 3 and 7 pm.  The CSA season begins June 18 and runs through the Fall harvest, ending November 1.

To support the CSA’s efforts, anyone in the community can sign up to receive weekly shares of fresh food grown by local farms around eastern Massachusetts. Membership in the CSA will help feed low-income families and individuals and help to close the gap between what consumers can afford and what farmers need to cover costs of production and earn a living wage.

To sign up and receive weekly full or half shares, contact Ginger Turner at the New Entry Food Hub at 978-656-1654, or visit online at www.nesfp.org/NewEntryCSA.

Every week, Bedford CSA members will receive various local vegetables and fruit, that can include salad greens, radishes, peas, herbs, honey, beans, cucumbers, squash, peaches and plums, and many other items. The model is a sustainable, fair trade alternative for consumers who desire locally-sourced and responsibly-grown fresh food.

The New Entry Food Hub is part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project that provides new Americans and beginning farmers with business training, access to land, marketing assistance, and continued guidance to launch their farm business. For more information, visit www.nesfp.org.

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