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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2009
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430
GET YOUR SHARE OF THE FARM!
Crystal City CSA Program Expands, Brings More Fruits & Vegetables to Area Residents & Employees
Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – With the snow finally melting and minds turning to gardening and fresh vegetables, the Crystal City BID is happy to announce the launch of the 2009 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program which is open to all Crystal City Area residents and employees.
Crystal City's Summer 2008 CSA pilot, launched in partnership with Conservation International, NCB, and Concord Residential, sold out within one week!
“The launch of the 2008 CSA demonstrated real demand for locally-grown produce in Crystal City,” said Angie Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Our research indicates that the second most desired service, behind only the return of a grocery store, is a full-fledged farmer’s market. CSA is the first step toward bringing the farm to Crystal City.”
The 2009 program triples the program's capacity and offers two convenient pick-up locations – in a storefront adjacent to Concord Residential at 2600 Crystal Drive, hosted by Gould Property Company, and a first floor office suite at 2011 Crystal Drive adjacent to Noodles & Company, sponsored by Vornado/Charles E. Smith.
The Crystal City BID is also happy to grow the relationship with Bluemont-based Great Country Farms, the Crystal City CSA-provider. As a small-business farm, Great Country Farms has a long-term vested interest in preserving the fertility and production capacity of their fields, thereby ensuring the employment of sustainable growing practices. Locally grown products also have a much shorter distance to travel to the consumer, leading to reduced fossil fuel consumption.
CSAs allow members to purchase "shares" of a farm's crops in the form of weekly fruit and vegetable deliveries. Produce varies week-to-week depending on the actual harvest. Farm products include lettuce, asparagus, strawberries, onions, broccoli, collards, peas, apricots, cucumbers, herbs, beans, tomatoes, corn, okra, squash, eggplant, peppers, apples, leeks, potatoes, beets, pumpkins, and many others. CSA members will also receive free admission to all Great Country Farms Events throughout the year, as well as weekly "u-pick" quantities at no additional charge.
Visit www.crystalcity.org to learn more about how to sign up for the program. Availability is limited so you must submit your application quickly to secure your share!
Later this month, the Crystal City BID will be rolling out Green Scene, a series of environmental programs over the course of the next few weeks which includes weekly 5K races, electronics recycling, a new farmer’s market, and free wi-fi access. Crystal City, the region’s “Emerald City,” is the place to be Green so Get Fit, Get Healthy, Get Green with Crystal City’s Green Scene!
About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
Established in April of 2006, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is creating a soul for Crystal City. A public-private partnership, the BID is providing a higher level of service to visitors, workers and residents in Crystal City - driving to become world-class destination in both Arlington and the greater DC region. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.