How We Got Started
Mel & Kimberly Atkinson started Coastal Farms with the help of Lulu's Local Food owner, Molly Harris in 2010. Melvin and Molly served on the Virginia Food System Council together and shared a passion for getting local foods onto the plate and into the mouths of Virginians. Melvin has spent his whole life working in agriculture. Starting on his uncle's farm in Hanover County. He received his B.S in Agronomy from Virginia Tech in 1988 and then started work for Virginia Cooperative Extension as an Agriculture Agent in Virginia Beach. In 1996 Melvin made the move to City's Agriculture Department where he directed agriculture programs for the next 16 years. During his time there he: Managed the Agricultural Reserve Program to protect the city's farmland from development, Oversaw the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, established the Y Not Wednesday Market in Town Center, was a founding member of Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads, served on the Governor's Farm to School task force, the Farmland protection task force and where he met Molly on the Virginia Food system council.
Steve and Candice Waller of Wallpond Farm became Coastal Farm's producers in 2013 and full partners with Mel and Kim in 2014. Wallpond Farm is located in Carrollton and is our distribution site for all of our producers to bring products on Thursdays.
Coastal Farms Co-Op connects local people to local farmers with fresh, healthy, food that's grown and made here…locally!
When we say it is made locally grown -- We mean it! This is not “within 200 miles where our supplier warehouse is” as you’ll find in grocery stores and grocery delivery service corporations that CLAIM to be ‘locally grown’, this is all made within the 757 area code! Your farmer is your neighbor! You go to the same church as they do! Your kids go to school together! You might even have mutual friends in common.
Our producers set their own price and upload their own photos and product descriptions as they come readily available. When you purchase from Coastal Farms, you are buying directly from them -– We are not a reseller. (We like to think of ourselves as a community bulletin board )
HOW IT WORKS
Shop online through our Buying Pages with us any time between Friday 6 PM to Monday at Midnight. Orders are delivered fresh, straight from the farms the following Thursday afternoon at one of our 20 convenient area pickup locations.
Our producers share in the delivery process, so we are able to keep delivery costs down to a minimum, meaning more money goes back to the producers.
There is no minimum order and you are not required to order each week.
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