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Consumers Prepay for Produce at Easton Farm

EASTON, Conn. – Lovers of local, farm fresh produce have two ways of getting it regularly from Sport Hill Farm . Patti Popp, who started the farm in 2000 and is in her seventh year of active farming, offers two programs that allow consumers to prepay for produce they can pick up throughout the year.

During the Community Support Agriculture program, consumers visit the farm on Sport Hill Farm Road once a week from May 31 to mid-October and pick up what has been harvested over the past week. Through the Crop Cash program, consumers pay $90 or $250 and get $100 or $275 worth of farm goods they can pick up any time.

Popp accepts payment in January from consumers who will get the produce later in the year. The programs “give farmers money when we need capital to buy seed and supplies,” she said.

Catherine Barna, an Easton resident, participated in the CSA program for a few years and said it was a great way to get a variety of fresh produce, from zucchini to eggplant.

Sport Hill Farm sits on 21 acres and produces a variety of fresh produce. There’s also a small aviary for honey and a chicken coop for eggs. Popp sells to consumers and restaurants.

She also runs educational programs for children, including one held Tuesday that introduced 3-year-olds to chickens and eggs.

“A lot has happened to the food system so I hold events that make a connection and make people comfortable eating fresh lettuce and kale,” she said.

She also holds events for adults, including an event called Henna, Honey and Heels that invites women to the farm to sample fresh honey, get a henna tattoo, eat salad with honey dressing and mingle. It takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. and costs $30.

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