Farmers using technology, apps to meet local fresh-food demands

Posted: 7:57 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 12:57:51Z

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Spring means fresh food right from the farm. Tennessee's Department of Agriculture is encouraging us to eat fresh and support our local farmers using CSA programs .

CSA or "Community Supported Agriculture" programs allow customers to buy a share of the crop - like a membership or subscription. The concept has been around for decades, but now technology and smartphones allows consumers to customize their weekly veggie boxes based on personal preference.

"Technology has certainly changed some of the ways we do things. The way we communicate with our customers, with our social media, even with our software that runs our CSA program," said Hank Delvin with Delvin Farms, "Every year you’re growing vegetables people want to know what’s new this year and you’re always trying to come up with different types of vegetables, something unique, something interesting."

Delvin says joining a CSA program puts fresh food on your plate all season long.

Some farms are offering home delivery services, others are even adding flower shares, so members can enjoy fresh bouquets week after week.

Delvin says they include recipes with their boxes for quick and easy meals. He says the demand for local, organic options is on the rise and they're happy to help.

"Whatever we can do to increase your menu selection, increase the variety of food on your plate, that’s what we like to see," he said.

To find a CSA program near you click here .