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Leap Farm Share program provides nutritious food and supports local farmers

Cheryl E Preston
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Homegrown farmers share program is growing by leaps and bounds

Leap Farm Share provides a weekly bag of fresh produce that has been raised by farmers in the Roanoke Valley. They consider their efforts an investment in health, the environment, in the local economy. A farm share is a way to experience seasonal heating of healthy foods with the main season from May 2 until Oct. 26, of this year and the winter season from October 29 thru January 23, 2024.

LEAP's Winter Farm Share runs from Oct. 31, 2023, to Jan. 23, 2024. It’s different from a traditional Community Supported Agriculture program because you don't purchase food from one farmer. You have the benefit of enjoying food from several growers. WDBJ 7 spoke with Kyra Crawford the food hub manager for LEAP who explained the benefits of the program.

When you buy locally through Leap Farm Share and leave the farmers free to focus on what they do who explained the benefits of the“It lets farmers be farmers, and we handle the rest for them,”
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Crawford added that there used to be only one stop and now the program has grown to include four locations and that there are incentives for EBT, Medicaid, and WIC recipients. The deadline to purchase a farm share is April 17

“We also have different add-ons that you can have like eggs, bread, and pantry staples, as well as fruit that can be added to your weekly subscription. You can also add ala cart items to your order each week, and they will be ready with your farm share subscription pick up,”

You will find a list of what is offered by clicking on this link.

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