Starting July 10, Fresh Future Farm shoppers can purchase federally inspected meats from Beartrack Farms. Located in Turkey, North Carolina, Beartrack is an organic, sustainable, humane farm that offers a wide variety of produce, meat products, and native flowers for purchase. Sharon Funderburk operates a CSA and is featured at many Clinton, NC farmers markets. This is the first partnership where her products will be sold in a grocery store.
“Sharon has been a mentor since our early days, so it made perfect sense that we sell our meats direct from a farmer the way we do our seasonal produce.” says Germaine Jenkins, FFF’s CEO. “It’s a win-win-win for both farms and our customers!” Beartrack and Fresh Future Farm do not use chemicals or antibiotics with crops or livestock.
The first monthly bulk delivery includes ground beef, beef soup bones, breakfast sausage, bulk hot and mild, Italian sausage, links (hot, mild, Cajun, bratwurst and chorizo), chickens, chicken necks and neckbones.
Sharon Funderburk grew up working on her father’s dairy farm and helping her grandfather with his garden. She earned a degree from Duke University and went on to go back to farming for a time returning to graduate school and Ph.D. programs in sustainable agriculture. Sharon built Walter P. Rawl & Sons’ organics division. She purchased 50 acres of land outside of Clinton, NC in 2010.
Fresh Future Farm uses a multi-pronged approach to address health, wealth and quality of life issues in the heart of the Chicora-Cherokee community of North Charleston, SC. Although Fresh Future Farm sits in a residential neighborhood, it feels like an old-fashion country store. The FFF team uses ancestral conservation and farming practices (aka permaculture) to grow the best tasting naturally grown produce in the Tri-county area. Along with basic groceries, they sell a wide variety of specialty items that even accommodate specific dietary needs. This nonprofit grocery store accepts SNAP (EBT) in addition to cash, credit and gift cards.
Information on harvest meals, volunteer workdays, yoga and other social events can be found on social media. The farm store is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 6 pm; 10 – 7 pm in spring and summer.