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Veggie Wagon Gets Agricultural Grant For Year Round Local Produce

Veggie Wagon is located just S. of the Lake at 608 S. Lake Park Blvd.

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Veggie Wagon located on South Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach recently received an $8,700 grant from the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA.(RAFI) The grant will fund research into providing local produce year round.
Max Sussman, who owns the business with his wife April, said they are excited about receiving the 2013 RAFI grant and, "This will allow us to purchase commercial vacuum seal and processing equipment to supply New Hanover and surrounding counties with Local Farm Fresh Produce year around."
In 2013, the farmer grants program will award $180,000 in grants to independent family farmers and collaborative farmer projects in North Carolina. This funding cycle, the program will award cost share grants of up to $8,000 to individual farmers or $10,000 to collaborative farmer projects in North Carolina.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Max said the idea is to bring local farm produce to customers who otherwise would have to buy produce grown in California and other regions when local produce is not in season.
Max said harvesting locally grown produce and processing it when it's fresh will give customers a unique option while also helping to support local farmers.
Max said a mix of fruits and vegetables including blue berries, strawberries, kale, squash, tomatoes and others will be frozen using special equipment such as a chamber sealer and large-scale freezer.
The grant also helps fund packaging materials and a professional label printer. The menu will also include prepared items such as roasted
herb potatoes and herb zucchini slices using locally grown herbs.
Customers will be able to purchase directly from Veggie Wagon at their Carolina Beach store or subscribe to a delivery service.
Max said of the 69 applicants for the RAFI grants, 24 were awarded. 21 of those are farms and three are businesses.
They are one of those three and the only one awarded in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.
The Veggie Wagon offers a wide variety of items including local produce, fresh herbs, local meats, eggs, sauces, spices and a large assortment of fine wines and micro brew beers.
They also have local fresh milk by the half-gallon and can order and stock as much as you need on a weekly basis.
They are open every day of the week.  If you would like to find out more please give them a call at (910) 805-3014.
You can also find an abundance of great information, recipes and place orders on their website at