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Boone Street Market to begin new summer delivery membership

Boone Street Market has emerged from winter with new signage and the promise of a new program.
The signage — chalkboard-style artwork around the front of the building which went up earlier this month ­— spotlights a farmer or market producer each week, complete with the distance to his or her farm.
“The chalkboard signs give a farmers market appeal to the place,” said Matt Dobson, Boone Street Market manager. Plus, the additional focus on the producers, he said, continues the market’s quest to promote locally grown products.
As for the new program, Dobson said they are pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of a Boone Street Market Community Supported Agriculture service.
“The CSA (program) is geared in the hope that we can reach people who just can’t get here on a regular basis and would just like to have their groceries delivered to them,” Dobson said.
The program works by offering the public the opportunity to purchase a home-delivery option with either a weekly or bi-weekly schedule and the option of a small or large box of locally produced items. These food boxes will be delivered on Wednesdays and will include a variety of items offered throughout the store and market.
Large boxes will include some type of a meat, breads, vegetables and more. The small box will include vegetables only. Cost breaks down to about $50 each week for the larger boxes and $35 each week for the smaller boxes, with a total summer season cost ranging from $270-$900.
Deliveries will begin Wednesday, May 20. The 18–week program will extend to Wednesday, Sept. 16. Customers can also opt to pick up the boxes themselves, which saves about $5 per box, Dobson said.
For example, someone signing up for every week, large box delivery will pay $900 at a cost of $50 each.
The pickup price for every week, large box will be $810 at a cost of $45 per box.
Cost for every other week, small box delivery, on the other hand, will cost $315. Cost for the same package as a market pickup will be $270.
“This is a good way to get exposure to all the products in the store,” Dobson said. “We’d really like the CSA with the delivery option for thoseproducts we sell in the store to reach Greeneville and Gray and Elizabethton and Kingsport.”
Dobson stressed the organizers do not intend for the new CSA program to detract from either the Saturday Market or the Boone Street Market, but rather to add to it by providing options for potential customers who can’t reach the markets.
For more information on the CSA service, call or email the market at 433-9027 and [email protected] or stop by the store, located at 101 Boone St.
“We’d love to have anyone who is interested,” Dobson said. “The CSA is geared in the hope that we can reach people who just can’t get here on a regular basis and would just like to have their groceries delivered to them.”