How does farm fresh produce delivered right to your door each week sound? A local farm family in Brant is relying on technology and social media to market Farmthisway CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.)
Marty Rosiek and his wife, Carolyn, started the program two years ago. They farm directly for customers, with a weekly cycle of farm fresh produce. It can be delivered to customers' homes or picked up at the farm or the Blasdell farmer's market. Programs run from 10 to 24 weeks and include everything from flowers and pumpkins to lettuce and eggs.
Farmthisway landed 18 customers its first year and is now up to 38 members this year, which is very rewarding for the Rosieks. "There's not a lot of things in agriculture that you can double in one year," Marty said. "We're excited because it's a fun way to farm. Our members have all become friends and it's just nice to have 38 new friends that you're farming for."
Marty says it is "an awesome responsibility" to provide fresh produce to area families. "People like knowing their farmer. People like knowing their grower," he said. "And young families are feeding their kids with fresh stuff right from the farm. The kids just love it. They brag about it when it's in their school lunch."
Though business is on the rise, farming for 38 customers doesn't pay the bills. On the wholesale side, Rosieks are members of Eden Valley Growers. They supply produce to area supermarkets.
Now they are planting the seed for a new business called Farmthisway weddings, after hosting their daughter's wedding on their farm over the summer. They envision throwing weddings on the farm, complete with a chef cooking farm fresh produce for guests in a beautiful, outdoor setting.
You can read more about Farmthisway in this week's Business First.