We are in the season of gardening and farmer’s markets. Here in the lowcountry, between Savannah, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Bluftton, there are a lot of farmer’s markets. Despite my best intentions, I know I don’t always make it to the farmer’s markets and vegetables from my garden?, well, it remains to be seen what nature will bring! For people like me, there is another option: Farm Boxes. I love the idea of these. The produce is going to be what is in season and theoretically you will be getting it at it’s freshest. But I also love the surprise of getting this box of fresh fruit and veggies and having to creatively include it in meals. The challenge of figuring out what to do with something you may have bypassed in the grocery store or getting varieties that aren’t usually available. This also seems like a good way to increase the variety in your diet. There are 2 farms that I have recently seen advertising farm boxes. I don’t have any experience with any of them, but if you do or if you have used farm boxes in the past, I would love to know your thoughts.
Brought to you by Jason and Stacy Berry of Berry Farms. This farm, located outside Vidalia, GA has been certified organic since 2007. It offers farm box pickup or delivery locations in Savannah, Tybee, Hilton Head, Bluffton, Wilmington Island and more. The farm box comes in 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Add on’s such as locally caught fish, wild Georgia shrimp and artisan cheese are available. Some of the produce available this week included:
- rainbow swiss chard
- rainbow carrots
This 20 acre farm in Guyton, GA claims to be the first farm in GA to be certified organic. There farm boxes are designed by a nutrionist. Options include:
- Family Box: three types of fruits and vegetables
- Petite Box: same variety, smaller amount
- 80/20 Box: 8 different veggies, 2 different fruits
Special orders include: extra fruits and veggies, certified organic egg, meat, cheese and coffee. Recipes and nutritional information are either emailed or included in the boxes.
There are pick-up locations for these boxes in Savannah, Okatie, Bluffton, Richmond Hill or from the farm.
If you know of any others, or have experience from using farm boxes, please share them here.