Costs & Benefits

SILO was developed to be a piece of Beaufort's growing local food economy. Working with local area farmers, it was created to marry some of the best parts of three distinct local food models that currently exist:

farmers markets, CSAs (community supported agriculture) & co-ops



Like an online version of a

farmers market

, SILO sellers display all of their available products for the week, and set their own prices. Customers browse the market online and select what they would like to purchase. At SILO, customers know in advance what is available and can order for the week.

Like a

CSA

, customers are able to pick up a variety of items weekly in one box or bag. At SILO, customers actually order from multiple farmers, and pick up their order in one place. SILO also offers the ability to select only the items desired, and order whenever is convenient. You can order every week, or just once a month.

Like a

co-op

, SILO customers pay a membership fee to buy all of these items together at the lowest possible price

**Membership Fees are WAIVED for 2017!**

farmers set their own prices which are usually similar to what they charge at a farmers market. The fee structure is as follows: annual ($50), 6 month ($30), 3 month ($20). Customers can also shop as a guest without signing up for an account for $5/order. The goal is to provide food direct from the farmer to the consumer, so through SILO, there is no retail mark-up. Like a co-op, the annual fee goes towards keeping the lights on!

The

health benefits

of eating locally are too numerous to list here - we taught a class through the USCB Osher Life Long Learning Institute, and lectured to members of Experience Green in Southern Beaufort County on this topic. But when you eat local, naturally grown food, you are truly doing your body, mind, community and wallet a favor! View our standards for SILO Sellers. Our list of resources also has some good information on this and other topics!