City Social Magazine

SEP 2014

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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By teresa day 24 r e A d u S o n l i n e A t w w w . C i t y S o C i A l . C o m The Luckett Family Brings Their Farm to Your Table Community Supported Agriculture As a CSA customer, you have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and to know how and where your food is grown. I recently had the opportunity to meet Kacie Luckett of Luckett Farms on her one day off. Kacie told me about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, for which she spends the rest of her week making deliveries throughout the city and sur- rounding areas. The Lucketts started their farm's CSA program nearly two years ago, although they have been farming commercially for six years. Membership in their program includes a box of their freshest produce dropped off at convenient locations around town or on your doorstep. Kacie and her husband, Derek, own and operate Luckett Farms on family land in Central and Pride, Louisiana. Each day, they harvest the vegetables they grow, and each night (or early morning), they pack up boxes to deliver the next day. This sets the Lucketts' CSA program apart from many produce delivery ser- vices. The goods in the box are directly seed to table with no stops or changing of hands in between. CSA is a now popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer near them. A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically, the share consists of a box of veg- etables, but other farm products may be included, like Luckett Farms' raw honey made from bees kept on the farm. Consumers like us city dwellers can pur- chase a share or membership and receive a box of homegrown produce each week throughout a season determined by the farm based on their harvest expec- tations. Sometimes bringing their goods to farmers mar- kets may not be the most efficient method of making a profit for farmers. In the Lucketts' case, Derek and Kacie run the farm with two small children in tow, which made getting to the farmers markets more dif- ficult than helpful. That's why they started the CSA delivery service. As a CSA customer, you have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and to know how and where your food is grown. The Lucketts welcome anyone to tour the farm to see where their food comes from and be com- fortable that the food they're feeding their families is truly farm to table. "We enjoy getting to know the people who eat the food we grow," said Kacie. "We build valuable rela- tionships with them, and we're happy to be a part of their daily lives." Derek Luckett, an LSU horticulture grad, works the land himself, along with his family. The Lucketts start seeds indoors and plant when the time is right. They use organic methods as much as possible, inte- grated pest control and non-GMO (genetically modi- fied organism) seeds.

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