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A News and Information Resource for
Carolina Farm Share Subscribers.
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Introducing the Carolina Farm Share

Dear Shareholder,
Welcome to Carolina Farm Share! We are very excited to get started with our inaugural share and bring you some great fresh local vegetables and fruits.  Lots of hard work has gone into getting ready for this day.  This is the start of the Pee Food Hub's mission of “connecting quality foods from local framers to local customers” like you!  We look forward to updating you with a monthly newsletter that will feature: info from the Hub, featured farmers, recipes, health tips and much more.  We want to help create a true farm to table experience in many ways.  This newsletter will simply be one of the tools. Please keep us updated if you have a change of email address.  We are excited to bring you great produce form the local farmers around the Pee Dee.  We appreciate you as a customer and look forward to working hard to serve you!  Please review this newsletter and meet our staff.  This is the early version of the June edition. You will also get a very brief reminder and update prior to each delivery.  “Having a Great Day in the Business of Agriculture!”

Jody A. Martin, Director
jody@peedeefoodhub.com
Please bring your own Reusable Ice Block to put in your cooler to keep produce cool.
 

Food Safety and Quality Control Matters

We partner with our growers individually, understand their farming practices and have on-the-ground experience at their farms. It is a great pleasure to work with these growers from planning, all the way through post-harvest handling.  We also partner with South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson Extension service in crop planning, food safety/traceability and post-harvest handling. Our process is transparent at every step, from growing and producing to storage and distribution. We provide you with specific grower information at the point of sale, so you and those you serve will know exactly by whom and how your food was grown. We do all of this because your safety is paramount to us and we care about the products that we are offering.

Quality is so important. The products come directly from the farm where they are packed brought into the Pee Dee Food Hub for a brief stay within our coolers.  The produce will be inspected, aggregated and prepared for shipment.  You will notice that our products have some field soil or “dirt” on them.  This to keep the produce as fresh as possible for the longest period of time once you get it home.  We recommend you follow the Produce Storage Guide (below) and wash and clean produce prior to preparing it for consumption.  It is my pleasure to play an important role in getting this awesome produce to your table!

Cameron Flowers, Warehouse and Food Quality Manager
cam@peedeefoodhub.com

Produce Storage Guide:
Broccoli – Store at 32 F in fridge with 100% humidity. 
Lettuce - Store at 32 F with 85-95% humidity
Kale - Store at 32 F in fridge with 95% humidity
Squash – Store at 45-55 F with 95% humidity
Cucumbers – Store at 50-55 F with 95% humidity
Radishes - Store at 32 F with 90-95% humidity
Fingerling Potatoes – Store in dark area between 45-60 F with 90% humidity
Blueberries - Store at 32-36 F with greater than 90% humidity

HOW TO PICK UP
YOUR SHARE


On the first delivery day, each member receives a CFS reusable insulated tote bag.  As you make your way down the line, please be sure you pick every item in the share.  Those who don’t like an item can swap at the end.  See the Pick Up guidelines listed below.  I will do my best to make sure that you have a good experience and that the pick-up process goes well.  I would love to have feedback on how the process is working and what we can do to make it a great farm to table experience for you.  It is my job to do everything possible to make this an easy and convenient process. Feel free to email, call or give feedback to your site coordinator to be relayed to me.  Thanks again and let me know if I can do anything for you!

Jack McLaurin, Delivery and Customer Service Manager
jack@peedeefoodhub.com
843-431-6001

 

Pick up guidelines:

  • Show up on Time!
  • Check in with the Site Coordinator
  • Get your bag.
  • Clean your hands with the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Check the board to see the number of items that correspond to your share size.
  • Be sure you pick every item in the share.  (Based on your Share Size – Small, Medium or Large)
  • Pick up the items at the top of the box.  PLEASE do not pick and grade though the produce. The goal is to touch only your produce.
  • If you don’t like an item you can swap at the end (one item only).
  • Check out with the Site Coordinator
  • Keep your produce cool in your insulated bag with an ice block 

SWAP BOX DETAILS:


There will be a few additional products sent with each delivery to combine with products to be swapped between shareholders.  This is called the "swap box." You may exchange “ONE” item you don`t like for something you do like from the "swap box." Items vary in amounts as posted on the Quantity per Share info.  Please make sure you use this information as it matches up with your share size. As an example on a small share:  Let’s say you want to swap squash for cucumbers.  If there are cucumbers in the swap box, place your 8 squash in the box and take out 5 cucumbers.  Remember to be fair to everyone we allow only ONE swap.

Pass the Word
We are looking to expand in many ways by bring on more growers, companies, restaurants, schools, churches and others.  We would appreciate your help.  If you know of others we need to talk to about local produce please share their contact info with me.  I will be glad to touch base with them to give them more details about all we have to offer through the Pee Dee Food Hub.
Sam McGill, Sales and Marketing Manager
sam@peedeefoodhub.com
843-431-6001

Great Recipe Ideas

Tossed Greens Salad

"A wonderful way to experience and use great fresh produce."
 
Get Full Recipe

Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes

"I had these at a catered party, and could not find a recipe anywhere to recreate them, so I made my own. These are the nicest little appetizers, and a nice change from the usual"
Get Full Recipe

Grilled Patty Pan Squash or Zucchini

"A great, light side dish that brings out the freshness and flavor of the squash or zucchini."
Get Full Recipe

Featured Farmers

Home Sweet Farm – Bayboro, SC

Home Sweet Farm is a small family farm in the Bayboro community of Loris, South Carolina, owned and operated by Miracle Lewis and Jimmy Rabon.  The operation farms about 10 acres of produce including strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, Dixie lee peas, and okra. In addition, they also raise beef cattle, goats, and free range chicken and eggs.  We are excited to partner with Miracle and Jimmy to bring you outstanding produce.

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