News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 21, 2013

Eat fresh from gardens of St. Mary-of-the-Woods


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Want a great variety of fresh, organically grown local vegetables, fruits and herbs every week this growing season? If so, it's not too late to purchase a subscription to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

“I always tell people a CSA is like a farm subscription program,” says Candace Minster, garden manager for White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. “You pay for all your veggies up front, and then you pick them up each week for a full share or every other week for a half share.”

In a CSA program people who purchase shares are taking a risk with the farmer. If the growing season is good, they will get an abundance of straight-from-the-field produce, if the season is not as good they will not get as much, Minster explained.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. All CSA produce is grown using natural, organic methods in the Sisters of Providence gardens at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Cost for a full share is $475 for 20 weeks from late May through September. A full share will feed a small family or two veggie-loving adults. Cost for a half-share is $275; these are picked up every other week.

 A discounted work share is available for those willing to volunteer a set number of hours in the garden throughout the season.

For added convenience, three pick-up sites are available each Wednesday: one at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, one at 113 S. 19th St. in Terre Haute and one at Caboodle Cupcakes at 3419 S. Seventh St. in Terre Haute.

Participants may look forward to tomatoes, salad greens, spinach, potatoes, green beans, green onions, eggplant, cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, sweet peas, beets, mustard greens, asparagus, radishes, fresh herbs, carrots, peppers and more.

There is a nice mix of hybrid and heirloom varieties planted, Minster said. And this year, in response to participant request, they've planted even more berries.

“The CSA is a natural fit with the mission of the Sisters of Providence,” Minster said. When you buy you know that those who grew your food were treated fairly and given a just wage. And the organic methods used promote hope and healing for Earth.

CSA also supports the local community by keeping your dollars local, and it is a healthy alternative since food that has just been harvested is at its most nutritious.

Along with value-added items ranging from home-canned pickles or pickled peppers to honey if the bees cooperate, this year a limited amount of fresh eggs will be added, thanks to the Sisters of Providence newest animal addition, chickens.

Another bonus for shareholders is a 10% discount off the price of attending any workshops or events offered by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice throughout the year. An optional giving program also allows any tax-deductible donations beyond the cost of each share to be used to grow additional food to be donated to local food pantries and shelters.

Those wishing to purchase a share in the CSA may make checks payable to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and mail them to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

For more information visit www.WhiteViolet.org or contact Candace Minster at cminster@spsmw.org or at 812-535-2933.

For more information about any of the ministries of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, visit the Congregation's website at www.SistersofProvidence.org.