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L.I. farmer talks produce to Flushing group

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The Flushing Community Supported Agriculture Group hosted a green thumb from Long Island last Saturday who might be making the trek to Queens on a regular basis.

Farmer Matthew Kurek, who runs Golden Earthworm Organic Farms, will participate in a crop share program with members of the group, who pay about $20 a week to get a fresh delivery of fruits and vegetables from the farm, about 60 miles east of Queens.

The program lasts for 26 weeks in the summer and fall, and 30 families have already signed up to receive in-season produce every Thursday night at a designated pickup point.

Buying from Kurek’s farm is a way to get fresh produce while promoting the local economy and keeping money in New York state, according to Emily Griffin, a founding member of the CSA.

“Many people are turning away from conventional grocery shopping and looking for more local, low-carbon impact, organic food sources,” she said. “Foodies, locavores, vegetarians and those just trying to be a bit healthier are encouraged to join our group.”

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