Local Food Options

Interested in eating locally? A CSA is essentially a subscription to a farm or other local food supplier. The subscription format provides you with fresh, local produce (and eggs, cheese, meat, etc.) and allows farmers some predictability of demand and assurance that their hard work will end up eaten.

Washington and Lee provides payment options for subscriptions to three local food providers! Sign up directly with the local food providers listed below and contact humanresources@wlu.edu or x8920 to set up your payroll deduction. We hope the ability to spread the cost over several months will make local food options an affordable choice for W&L employees.

We've included information about the three participating providers below:

Farm To You

Farm To You is Lexington's all local food grocer. Farm To You also offers the convenience of on-line shopping to customers who subscribe to its service. Customers order weekly from an extensive menu of local food products, including produce, dairy, eggs, flours and grains, meats, pantry goods and much more. Subscribers order just what they need, or not at all, in any given order cycle, which offers more flexibility than a CSA. There are no minimum order requirements. Farm To You is pleased to offer this on-line shopping feature to W&L employees through W&L's payroll deduction program. The six-month Summer Market Season begins in May and ends in October. The Farm To You Winter Market Season, brings you fresh, local food -- including produce -- all winter long, beginning in November. For more information and an application, please see the and visit the Farm To You website.

Cherry Ridge Farm CSA

When you purchase a share in Cherry Ridge Farm CSA, once a week during our growing season you will receive a variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables delivered to campus. The advantages of this program are many: You will enjoy incredibly fresh produce that has been grown in an optimal, sustainable and healthy manner where we have practiced ‘beyond USDA Organic' methods for over 35 years. We guarantee you will notice the taste difference. You will be supporting a local farm and farming practices that are sustainable for the environment. We believe you also will have fun with this program. We involve our members in the operation of the CSA, relying on members to help with harvest and transport of food from the farm to town, and most members find this to be an invaluable part of their experience. As you get to know the farm, the CSA, and us you will gain a new level of insight about how your food is produced and where it comes from. Finally, this program may well change the way you eat, making you more mindful of seasonal food options, and stretching you to try (and fall in love with!) new vegetables that you would not have encountered otherwise. Contact David Beebe at 540-348-5107.

Rockbridge Farmers Alliance

Formerly Firsthand Farmers Cooperative, Rockbridge Farmers Alliance is a collective of Central Virginia farms committed to providing fresh, locally produced farm goods directly to the consumer. We sell our products through Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. In this model, consumers purchase an upfront "share" at the beginning of the season and then pick-up their products weekly. When you join Rockbridge Farmers Alliance CSA you'll have access to several share options - vegetables, herbs, eggs, and dairy products... plus some fruit, mushrooms, homemade pasta, and fermented products. Rockbridge Farmers Alliance is different from other CSA's because we can offer more diversity and you can source more of your food directly from local producers.Shares are delivered on Thursdays at the W&L Hillel House on Washington Street. Our CSA manager is Mitch Wapner of Paradox Farm. He can be reached at mitch@paradoxfarm.org or 540-463-9234.