TERRE HAUTE —
Melon Acres, north of Vincennes on U.S. 41, is preparing for another season of providing families with access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Oaktown farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program will begin the week of May 18. The 18-week season will run through September and shareholder registrations are now being accepted.
The CSA program enables the public to become shareholders in the farm by purchasing full or half shares of produce. Shareholders then receive weekly deliveries of seasonal produce including cantaloupe, watermelon, asparagus, cucumbers, sweet corn and berries to enjoy all summer long. Shareholders can customize their weekly share to include fruits and vegetables of their choice, meaning those who don’t like spinach or carrots can have those options replaced with another selection.
A full share of seasonal produce would feed a family of four to five, while a half share would feed a family of two to three. After a successful 2013 program, serving more than 500 shareholders, Melon Acres is opening this year’s CSA to 1,000 members.
Produce pickup sites will again include locations in Vincennes, Oaktown, Bicknell and Sullivan, with new locations in Monroe City, Lawrenceville and Linton. Sullivan County Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, North Knox School Corp., and Union Hospital in Terre Haute will host pickup sites for their employees. Melon Acres will work with shareholders to select the most appropriate, and convenient, locations for produce pickups.
For a full share in the Knox County and Lawrenceville areas, the weekly fee is $30, or $540 for the full season. A half share is $17 per week or $306 up front. For a full share in the Linton and Terre Haute areas, the weekly fee is $35, or $630 for the full season. A half share is $20 per week or $360 up front.
Melon Acres has partnered with Dewig Meats in Haubstaut to offer various cuts of meats for an additional fee. Hamburgers, bratwursts and steaks will be available for order. Shareholders can also expect to receive recipe cards to make the most use of each week’s produce, a weekly newsletter with information about the local farming community and kitchen gadgets and other promotional products from local businesses.
Informational meetings to explain the CSA program, cost, produce options and pickup sites, will take place in Vincennes, Bicknell, Oaktown, Linton and Sullivan. The first meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Washington Christian Center in Vincennes. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to follow Melon Acres’ CSA Facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/ MACSA2013. A registration form is also available at the site.
The program is an opportunity for families to develop a relationship with their farmer and learn more about where their food comes from and how it is grown.
For more information or to purchase a share, contact Melon Acres at 812-890-8708 or 812-887-8085; whitney@ melonacres.com or melanie @melonacres.com.
Shareholders are encouraged to inquire about the refer-a-friend discount. For information on becoming a promotional partner, contact Haven Solutions at 812-882-2288 or info@gohavensolu tions.com.
Check it out
• Melon Acres’ Community Supported Agriculture program: www.facebook.com/MACSA2013
• To become a shareholder, contact 812-890-8708 or 812-887-8085; email@example.com or melanie @melonacres.com.