Making a local food connection

By on May 9, 2013

CSA Shares.

A CSA Share filled with fruits and vegetables. (CFCO)

Coastal Farmer’s Co-Operative is a locally owned and operated business, supporting farmers in North Carolina. It started six years ago by growing and selling produce as well as helping farmers distribute, sell and market their products.

Nicole Spruill is the owner of the co-op, offering the first organized year-round Outer Banks Community Supported Agriculture, also called CSA. She sells fresh organic foods delivered via CSA shares and seasonal farmer’s markets.

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CSA Shares are boxes filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs. In the share boxes, sometimes you might find seasonal flowers for your table as well. The co-op participates in local farmers markets, selling other products such as honey, dairy products and meats that are allowed in an open air market.

Also offered are bulk foods for canning and preserving. Rent dehydrators and meal sealers by the month, and season, as well as canning and freezing supplies.

CSA Shares are offered through memberships, which are $35 a year and paid up front with the application and first box order. The annual fee covers packaging costs, recycling and sanitation of recycled goods. Most of the containers will need to be exchanged with every delivery. When filling out the application, there’s a section to mention foods consumers don’t like or are allergic to.


A CSA Share in April. (Monica McLaurin).

Members pay for their shares when they pick them up. Boxes cost range from $25 to $40 for families and $75 to $120 for restaurants. A 2-percent tax is added to all purchases for the 2013 season.

“We will make individual deliveries with a fuel charge of $3 per share,” Spruill said, adding that office and school groups get a free delivery with a with a six-box scheduled order.

Members have the options to choose when they want their shares — weekly or biweekly.

“We are supporters of NC Farm to Fork Food System,” Spruill said. “If we import any food, it’s grown or produced in North Carolina.”

Coastal Farmer’s Co-Operative serves Pasquotank, Currituck, Hyde and Dare counties, but there’s more demand for fresh produce than what the farmers are able to grow.

The co-op has 12 sponsoring farms with three organic producers.

“If anybody is producing fresh foods even on the backyard level and are interested in distributing with us, call me,” she said.

The cop-op inspect backyard gardens to make sure it meets criteria for healthy and/or organic produce.

“We are also opening our first pick up opportunities for consumers this year,” Spruill said.

To find out about pickup schedule and locations, call her at (252)370-6367 or e-mail:


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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