Fresh produce delivery is on the horizon for the Lakewood Ranch Community. Monaca Onstad, the director of community relations for Lakewood Ranch Developer, Schroeder-Manatee, decided that it was a priority to provide farm-to-table produce opportunities.
Monaca, along with the Lakewood Ranch Community is supporting a program between them and Worden Farm in Punta Gorda who often sells produce at the local farmers markets in Sarasota and St. Petersburg. Now, the Town is launching a community supported Agricultural program and deliver fresh produce.
At $29.00 per week, members of the program receive a banker’s file box-sized load of items, which is about three-quarters of a bushel of farm fresh produce. Each week the items vary but will always include a variety of salads and cooking greens.
Some vegetables included in the box, are spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, squash, peppers, carrots, beets, parsley and so much more. The produce will be harvested on Tuesdays and delivered to the Lakewood Ranch Polo Club for members to pick up between 3 and 6pm on Wednesdays.
Some Grocery-store bought produce could have been harvested as much as two weeks prior and traveled up to 1500 miles before arriving at the store. Freshly harvested produce has a much longer shelf life.
A membership can be shared between people outside of your household if the amount of produce is too much for an individual or a household. You also do not have to be a resident of Lakewood Ranch to enjoy this program.