McCune Farm to Market
Community: McCune, Kansas
Geographical Context: Rural
Date Funded: August 2018
In 2017, McCune Farm to Market opened its doors in McCune. The owners also operate Schenker Family Farms, a family farm operation that has been raising and selling organic meats and eggs for generations in Southeast Kansas. The McCune Farm to Market sources local products from their farm and others, including a partnership with a local K-12 alternative school to teach students how to grow vegetables in a high tunnel. Since opening, McCune Farm to Market has seen an increase in demand for fresh produce and the development of a line of frozen healthy meals. The McCune Farm to Market received a $12,000 grant and a $6,000 loan from the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative to assist with the addition of a freezer unit for their take-and-bake items and coolers for fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and farm eggs. In the future, the owners hope to install an additional freezer for their local meats.
“The project as a whole has been a huge blessing not only to our community, but to the general region. We are able to offer more fresh, local produce and other items. In addition, we currently offer classes on healthy cooking, food preservation and more. These are typically sold-out classes with people driving from as far away as an hour to attend.”
– Cherie Schenker, McCune Farm to Market