Pullen Produce provides CSA program to community

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Updated: 8/26/2013 10:18 am
Everyday Sherry Pullen and her employees at Pullen Produce go through the garden to pick whatever fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest.  

Then they take the produce they picked  and divvy it out between different share holders that have purchased a share of the garden this season as a part of their Community Supported Agriculture program. 

And Pullen told us the greatest part about the program is as a shareholder you have to just show up and pick up your bags of produce while they do all the hard work for you. 

"I do all the picking and the young people that work for me, we do all the picking, we do all the hoeing," Pullen said. "The shareholders just come and they get their bags. They pick the day that they want, so they come after 10 because I got to have time to get up and pick all their fruits and vegetables. So any time after 10 and before six." 

It is too late this season to buy a share, but Pullen does start taking applications at the end of the growing season for next year already. 

A half share is 350 dollars, which Pullen said takes care of a family of three to four and you can buy a half share, full share or multiple shares if you want. 

And so far the reaction the ability to buy into a program like this has been good from the community.

"It's been very positive," Pullen said. "They say they've really enjoyed their fruits and vegetables, their bags. A lot of times there's so much that they share with their neighbors and friends. They enjoy knowing where their food came from and who grew it. And it's really fresh and it tastes so much better because it hasn't traveled for thousands of miles across the United States, it's right here on the farm." 

Not only do the shareholders benefit from the farm but her employees do as well. 

Mindy Smith, who is in her third summer working for the farm, told us the learning experience has been invaluable.

"I've learned, hard work really does pay off," Smith said. "And there's such beauty in things that are home grown and fresh. And it's so much better than getting something out of a store that has who knows how many chemicals in it. And it's so much better to know where your food comes from, and know what your eating and know it's much healthier for you." 

So what motivates Sherry Pullen to get up everyday and work in the Texas heat picking fruits and vegetables and hoeing out the weeds? 

The simple pleasure of watching everything come to life and giving back to the community. 

"I love it, I love everything about it," Pullen said. "I love planting it, I love watching it grow and picking it. That is so much fun. It just gives me such joy in my heart to see the plants grow and the produce and that I know that I have a good service to where people are eating things that are good for them, fruits and vegetables, and not eating something out of a box." 

If you are a not a shareholder but want to still get some fresh fruit and vegetables, Pullen Produce at Tree Grace Farms is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. 
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