Print
Restaurants

Feast Down East Starts Produce Box Program

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 15, 2020
Farm to Fork is a Feast Down East program offering weekly boxes of fresh produce from area farms. (Photo courtesy of Feast Down East)
Feast Down East, a local organization that  works to strengthen the local farming community by providing distribution opportunities to area restaurants, markets and communities in need, has launched a community supported agriculture (CSA) program to provide farm fresh produce to the community.

With many restaurants closing temporarily or limiting their menus in the response to coronavirus restrictions, orders from local farms are down significantly, according to Feast Down East's executive director, Cara Stretch. Individual consumers, however, in response to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, are seeking ways to safely access fresh produce on a regular basis.

Thus the idea to create Farm to Fork, a program designed to offer weekly boxes of fresh produce from farms within a 50 mile radius of Feast Down East’s food hub in Burgaw.

Stretch said the organization has been exploring options for setting up this type of service for the past year or so, and now seemed like the time to put it out there and test the response.

Last week they started with 50 boxes available at $35 each, and sold out within the first 24 hours. This week they upped the number of boxes to 100, and have sold out yet again.

Stretch said they are aiming to offer 150 next week due to the positive response and the fact that farmers are beginning to harvest more as the summer season begins.

Orders must be placed by noon Mondays for drive-thru pickup at Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Drive, on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m.

The boxes are filled with a different mix of produce every week from the following farms:
  • Cottle Organics – Rose Hill
  • Red Beard Farms – Willard
  • Black River Organic Farm – Ivanhoe
  • Jackson Farm – Godwin
  • Britt Farm – Mount Olive
  • Sarge’s Farm – Currie
  • Windmill Farm – Rocky Point
  • Shelton Herb Farm – Leland
  • The Wilmington Mushroom Company – Wilmington
In addition to the produce boxes, items such as eggs, bacon, ground beef, sausage, honey and cheese are available.

For more information, visit the Feast Down East website.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email us at: [email protected].
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Drewsmith copiersplus headshot

8 Reasons Why You Need Managed Print Services For Your Organization

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus
Tidewaterinvestmentco merrettemoore headshot

Private Company Investment Bracketology: How To Avoid A Busted Bracket

Merrette Moore - Tidewater Investment Company
Morton300x300

A Parent's Guide to the FAFSA® — 6 Need-to-Knows

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College

Trending News

MegaCorp Gains Airtime During The Masters Through Player Sponsorship

Christina Haley O'Neal - Apr 12, 2021

COVID Vaccine Made With Plants? It's The Subject Of Clinical Trial In Wilmington

Cece Nunn - Apr 12, 2021

In The Current Issue

Wilmington Health Launches Women's Center

Wilmington Health recently announced the forming of its Women’s Center of Excellence....


Area Attorneys Chosen For 2021 Super Lawyers List

A legal industry accolade that comes out each year is the Super Lawyers list,....


Jones: Economy On Recovery Road

The Wilmington area economy is doing better than expected a year after the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on many businesses across the regio...

Book On Business

The 2021 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100