Becky McCormick's father sends his daughter a weekly box of produce he grows on Byrnside Branch Farm. This box features okra, as well as peppers and tomatoes with which she planned to make salsa. McCormick distributes produce in Charleston to customers who preorder it online from Monroe Farm Market co-op.
Jen Wagner (left) gathers up her weekly Monroe Farm Market produce order from Becky McCormick, who meets customers every Thursday at one of the two Charleston distribution sites. Shawn Taylor (far left) arrives to pick up an order of beef he'll use for his family's weekly taco dinner.
McCormick checks each delivery against a customer's order form, then tallies the order amount. Customers pay in cash or by check.
Deb Mattingly writes a check for the order she packed in her colorful produce bag. Mattingly has been a customer since Monroe Farm Market began delivering to Charleston in 2008.
Jill Young grows specialty greens and lettuces 11 months out of the year at Zenith Springs Farm in Monroe County. Photo courtesy of Zenith Springs Farm.
Shiitake mushrooms are ready for delivery from Zenith Springs Farm. Photo courtesy of Zenith Springs Farm.
Black Angus steers at the Swift Level estate roam freely on pastures eating what they find on land that hasn't been chemically treated in nearly 20 years. Photo courtesy of Swift Level.