Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative is back for this year’s spring and summer season!
Now in its sixth year, the cooperative works “to satisfy local food needs with locally grown and produced foods.” It does this by delivering fresh, local food from Moore and surrounding counties into the homes of Sandhills families.
Not only does SF2T provide access to healthy and delicious food, it also provides security for local farmers and artisans and fosters engaging relationships between producers and consumers. Giving back to the community is at the heart of the cooperative, as well. Last year alone, SF2T contributed almost $350,000 to local producers and supported the community through produce donations to food pantries and shelters, monetary contributions to local organizations, and countless volunteer hours.
Members of the co-op have access to the SF2T annual subscription program, which allows members to choose from a selection of fresh produce offerings that are delivered to convenient pick-up locations. After that, the healthy, fresh food can be taken home and turned into a delicious meal. The SF2T spring and summer harvest guide showcases the wide range of produce that members can look forward to this season, from asparagus to strawberries to kale. Signing up for a subscription is easy and can be done online. Simply add a 2015 Co-op Membership to your shopping cart, and then choose a subscription that suits your local produce needs!
Sandhills Farm to Table also has a fantastic Workplace Wellness program through which local employers offer incentives for their employees to shop and eat local, all while promoting healthiness. Employers can pay for produce boxes, subsidize the SF2T membership fee, or accept payroll deduction payments for their employees who subscribe. The result is a healthier, happier work environment and support of local farmers and artisans.
Community members can get involved with the cooperative in other ways, too, such as by becoming a SF2T farmer or artisan or by volunteering. Volunteers are needed both in the Packing House to fill subscription orders and at local gathering sites, where volunteers assist with order pick-up, give classes, and promote SF2T programs. If you’re interested in helping at the Packing House, you can sign up online. Those who would like to assist at a gathering site should speak with the site coordinator during pick-up hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 910-722-1623.
SF2T is just one organization that is part of a thriving farm-to-table movement in Moore County. The area has five different farmers markets, as well as a number of restaurants that are part of the local food movement. Elliots on Linden uses the best local ingredients in its delicious cuisine, and Chef Warren’s Bistro mixes exotic components with food grown at the restaurant’s urban farm to create wonderful French-inspired dishes.