I mentioned earlier in a previous article that I joined a CSA. You may be asking what is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a movement that has revolutionized the local farm and farmer. The idea is that you, the customer, will purchase a “share” or “membership” of our farm in the beginning of Spring. By doing this, you are pledging your support to the farm and we are pledging a portion of the farm’s harvest to you.
This relationship between customer and farmer is what makes CSA’s so intriguing and rewarding. Each week, you will receive a box of fresh produce which will vary in variety as the seasons change. Spring, Summer, and Fall all introduce new varieties of crops allowing you to eat in coordination with the season.
The share are picked up at specific locations that are convenient for the customer and pre-planned at the beginning of the season. CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
You may be asking how much does something like this cost? Every farm varies in price. The farm CSA I am involved with offers two shares full and half. A full share is 1/2 bushel enough to feed 3-5 adults and a 1/2 share is 1/4 bushel enough to feed 2 adults. A full share is offered for $720 and a half-share is offered for $350 a share. This share is good for the growing season of 24 weeks.
You can’t get a better deal at the grocery store for something that has been grown using sustainable farming methods, which means that most of their products will be as natural and pesticide free as nature intended them to be.
There are also other farms out there that offer meat, produce, eggs, and pet milk share. All you have to do to find your local CSA offerings is google your city with CSA behind it and something should come up. If you have trouble just comment and I will help you the best I can in finding a local CSA for you if your interested.
You must also know that you are purchasing a share of the farm produce so you are also purchasing some of the risk in the season. If something happens like drought or plague of bugs that eat all the crops. You lose as well as the farms loses. If your willing to join with a farm and be apart of its risk it will greatly benefit you and your local farm. You not only get to try fruits and vegetables you normally wouldn’t buy but you get to be apart of your local farming community.
I absolutely love it and plan on doing it again next year when the season reopens!
In picture: swiss chard, kale, spinach, green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, turnips, turnip greens, radishes, and strawberries.