August 13, 2020
Community-sourced agriculture businesses can benefit farmers and local residents by delivering fresh produce directly to shoppers, making them an increasingly popular option within the shop local movement.
Philadelphia area residents looking to join a CSA have a relatively new option in Farmer Jawn.
The popular CSA began last year in the backyard garden of 32-year-old Germantown resident Christa Barfield before expanding to its new location in nearby Elkins Park, Montgomery County.
The CSA is Barfield's second farming-supported venture. She also runs runs the Viva Leaf Tea Co., an at-home tea growing business.
A real estate developer contacted Barfield in March after reading about her tea company, encouraging her to expand her CSA operation to Elkins Park, where several greenhouses were available, The Inquirer reported.
Now, Farmer Jawn's includes spans two large greenhouses and a storefront at 70 Jenkintown Road, where 50 families pick up fresh fruits and vegetables every week.
The first CSA pick-up took place July 17. Within weeks of expanding, Farmer Jawn's summer CSA memberships had sold out.
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CSA Pickup is TODAY! Pictured here is one of our awesome members from last week being resourceful carrying their goods out...or you could also bring a bag, we have some dope reusable ones for sale also! Either way works! See you soon! Open to the public tomorrow so we can't wait to see you from 9a-2p!
Farmer Jawn recently had a produce pop-up at Attic Brewing in Germantown, where Barfield brought an array of fruits and vegetables.
Farmer Jawn has collaborated with LA Prepped, a Philly-based business offering meal prep, catering and private chef services. One of the chefs has been cooking meals for Farmer Jawn's CSA pick-up days.
The CSA also has announced it is filing a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to ensure Farmer Jawn's produce can be purchased by low-income residents.