Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Habersham Gardens Supplies Locally Grown Food to Atlantans as Part of CSA Program

If you’re from Atlanta, you may be familiar with our very own local Habersham Gardens, a fun-filled garden center business specializing in unique plants, how-to sessions, garden accessories and landscape services.

And, you might be excited to hear the garden center owners have announced an innovative new program to advance business objectives, sales and community outreach by serving as a major in-town Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) participant. By becoming the newest food pick-up site in the CSA program, Habersham Gardens is supporting 20 local farmers who grow sustainable produce and supplying locally grown food to Atlantans.

Atlanta consumers may participate in the program by procuring food-purchasing memberships in return for weekly deliveries of seasonal, ultra-fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and other organic food items. Regional farmers, in turn, are able to market food products to urbanites and receive membership payments early in the year prior to harvests. The advance-pay food memberships lead to steady cash flow for farmers’ crop development and address common interest in organic food among Atlantans. Habersham Gardens serves as the link between the two, given the garden center business acts as a significant food drop-off and pick-up location for in-town locals.

In the photo (just below), Deborah Harrison, founder and co-owner of Habersham Gardens – who is also a professionally trained chef – is preparing a weekly pick-up for one of the participating members. Items can include vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and more.


Eberly & Collard Public Relations’ vice president, Jeff Collard, joined the program recently, and can’t stop raving about the freshness of the veggies! We even woke up in our office the other morning by drinking locally grown coffee that was part of a recent food delivery. If you are in Atlanta, consider visiting Habersham Gardens and joining the CSA membership.

~ Leslie

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