Cara Hopkins' Blog

Produce without petroleum

The Peninsula Daily News had a great story this week about a local community supported agriculture program on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula that delivers its fresh fruits and vegetables to hungry Seattleites via 27-foot engine-less sailboat.

The goods are then transported to CSA participants on cargo bicycles and tricycles. And lest you think this is just a couple bags of greens and a few strawberries, the story reports that sometimes the booty can weigh-in at upwards of 1,800 pounds.

While it takes longer (between 11 and 24 hours) to get from point A to point B, and it's more labor-intensive, the operators never have to worry about the thing at the forefront of most distributors' minds: fuel prices.

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