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First Harvest Farms and Produce to open storefront

Danesi begins many plants in her basement. She then transports them to a small greenhouse in her backyard. Also growing in her backyard is produce inside of makeshift cold frame starters, something she experimented with and works. Between bales of hay, Danesi has small crops planted. On top of the bales of hay are windows that absorb the sun and act as a greenhouse.

Most of the crops are grown, planted and harvested by Danesi, Froio and Jack Lawrence in the soil of "old onion muckland" on Ditch Bank Road.

First Harvest Farms is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). A CSA, a nationally recognized program works by community members buying a share of that local farm for 20 weeks, which guarantees the participant a box of produce from that farms growing season each week.

"A [CSA} helps the farmer pay for upfront expenses," Danesi said.

First Harvest Farms is considered "naturally sustainable agriculture," which means crops are grown without the use of pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides.

Danesi said she feels fortunate that she lives in the home that belonged to her grandparents, Sam and Margaret Danesi. Sam operated Danesi's Meat Market and Grocery for 40 years at the very same location she will open her produce store. He closed in 1979.

For more information on CSA's or purchasing bulk items, call Danesi at 697-7395.

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