Pocahontas County Produce on the Move

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A few weeks ago India and I ventured up Pocahontas County to check out the Pocahontas County Produce on the Move (PCPM) aggregation site.  PCPM started a new Community Supported Agriculture membership program this year commonly referred to as a CSA. PCPM is operated out of the Habitat for Humanity’s building on Third Avenue in downtown Marlinton. 

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When we arrived Steve Saffel of S&S Farm and Dawn Baldwin Barrett of Brightside Acres, were already busy at work. The produce needs to be washed, sorted, weighed and finally packed into baskets for member’s weekly shares.  This years CSA has 22 members who get a basket of local, organic, produce (with meat, eggs, and value added products as optional add-ons) delivered to two convenient pick up points each week. This is truly an amazing feat. Due to the vastness of Pocahontas County and lack of fresh food access, many residents would otherwise be compelled to leave the county to purchase organic produce. The CSA baskets are also available for pick up on site in downtown Marlinton. Non- CSA members can also stop by the store front on aggregation days from 2pm- 5pm and purchase extra produce or other products such as pork and poultry meat, eggs, honey, maple syrup, jams, and even organic charcoal. 

This is an excellent alternative to grocery store produce for anyone living in Pocahontas County.  The CSA runs from the beginning of April to the end of November. Enrollment for 2015 membership has started and you can sign up on their website here.

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All of the farms that PCPM sources from are Greenbrier Valley Grown certified. With this certification we can guarantee this CSA program is supporting local farmers and not outsourcing from neighboring states and bigger cities. Pocahontas County Produce on the Move is another example of farmers working together to create something greater than one farm could do alone.  I look forward to seeing the future progression of PCPM. 

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