Crane has appreciated how hospitable Charleston businesses have been.
"It's very collaborative, not competitive," Crane said. She calls that strategy "a millennial business approach."
She uses the same community-oriented, collaborative approach when she forms relationships with local farmers.
"They are all producers that we know personally," she said. "We have relationships with them."
Most produce comes from Hudson Farms in Big Chimney. Some items are grown on smaller, local farms like Unicorn Lane MicroFarms, which Crane runs with her husband.
Some farmers may not be "certified organic" because organic certification is cost-prohibitive for many small producers, Crane said.
But Crane verifies that each farmer adheres to organic growing practices. Given increased demand for local produce, Crane hopes that the program will only continue to grow.
Kanawha Valley Community Supported Agriculture has 20 subscriptions and Crane predicts that that figure will expand to 25 or 30 members by the end of the summer.
Crane and Hudson may extend the season through October and next year, they will begin the season in May, one month earlier than this year.
The program delivers produce to two downtown Charleston stores -- Mission Savvy Juice Bar and Cafe and Moxxee Coffee -- where subscribers can it pick up between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
Reach Laura Reston at laura.res...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5112.