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Healthy-eating options available at new co-op [Lisbon/Woodbine]

Howard County Times

The Lisbon community welcomes a new business on Rt. 144, just east of town, Breezy Willow Farm at Hopkins Springs. Breezy Willow provides a wealth of fresh meats: lamb, pork, chicken and beef; a wide variety of produce including carrots, kale, blueberries, apples, lettuce, mushrooms, zucchini and others; all in season. You can also purchasehomemade jams, jellies, butter, yogurt and cheeses, as well as fragrant hand creams and soaps. This operation is currently primarily a co-op, being part of the Community Support Of Agriculture activities in the county.One can purchase shares to become a co-op member and have available for pick-up a portionof many of the above-named items as they are in season.Pick-ups are prescheduled mostly on weekdays.Also available are work-shares designed so that five hours of work per week equates to one seasonal share of the existing products .

For those not interested in shares but interested in purchasing some of the meats, fresh produce or other products, there is a farm store on the grounds open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is plenty of parking and a quaint farmer's market quality about the facility.The plan is to extend those hours as business necessitates.

For those interested in purchasing shares, exploring work shares or just wanting more information about this new, healthy-eating opportunity call 410-442-1807.

As we explore healthy-eating opportunities we should know about the Roving Radish, a program offered by Howard County to promote healthy farm-to-table eating habits while creating sustainable markets for local farms.The Roving Radish sells affordable healthy meal kits which include tworecipes and ingredients sufficient for two dinners for a family of four.All foods are provided by local and regional farms.The produce is already partially prepared and necessary or desired spices pre- measured,all making meals easy to bring to the table.The food kits will be delivered to easily-accessible locations throughout the county tobe determined by the needs of the clients.

Since all menus are preplanned around growing seasons, this createsa relatively secure source of incomefor the farmer year round. Costs vary for standard and premium meals.This year, orders will be taken starting May 20 for delivery on May 30.Theservice will continue until the end of November. For information on this important program call James Zoller at 410-992-2049 or email Jzoller@howardcountymd.gov.

Table space is free at the Lisbon United Methodist Church yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a light luncheon menu available.Come, look around and buy some of your neighbors' "valuables."This activity is sponsored by the Lisbon United Methodist men. For more information contact Dan at 410-489-9519.

The Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company Inc. is sponsoring a photo fund drive for the next few weeks. Proceeds from thisevent will benefit the new building fund. It is a door-to-door campaign where a third party from a professional photography company representing the LVFC will visitin the community,taking orders from residents forindividual or family photos. The photographs will betaken at the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Station during the month of September.For more information on this important fundraiser call Officer Eddie Gordon at 443-974-1289.

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