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CSA Helps Connect Farms and FamiliesSubmitted: 05/17/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

RHINELANDER - You might support a local grocery store by shopping right in your town.

But look at a few labels and you realize, that the oranges come from Mexico, the bananas come from Chile, and the fish from as far away as China.

But it is possible to support local farmers.

A farm in the Northwoods provides fresh and local food for hundreds of families.

EverGood Farm is nestled on 10 acres of land in Rhinelander.

"We grow actually 50 different types of crops, and probably about 200 different types of varieties," said owner Brendand Tuckey.

Brendan and Jenny Tuckey have combined 14 years of agriculture experience.

"We enjoy it very much, it's just that we couldn't do anything else you know? It's hard work, but it's really rewarding," said Tuckey.

Their hard work can be found all summer long at area farmer's markets.

But they're also part of a program called CSA.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and EverGood Farm serves 110 families every week with over 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables

Food from EverGood goes directly from the farm to the consumer, and Tuckey feels that makes a difference.

"They want to trust their farmer, and they want to know where it comes from. So we're not certified, but our customers don't mind because they know us so well and they know where their food comes from," said Tuckey.

EverGood likes being connected to the Northwoods too, because people come back happy they know what they're eating.

"Yeah we do get really passionate about it, and it's great seeing families come every week and they love the food and we share recipes and they say what happened and their kids have never eaten this before and they love it and it's just great and just a really awesome way to sell," said Tuckey.

Evergood Farm is not taking any more customers for the CSA program.

But they can be found every week at farmer's markets in Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander.

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