Friday, May 18, 2012

Thinking About Joining a CSA?

As I sit in the early morning listening to the chorus of birds outside I realize that Spring is such a busy time of year in nature. There is such a flurry of activity that I find myself putting together a rather lengthy to do list!

If you have been thinking about buying shares in a CSA, now is the time to do your research and join! Over the last two decades, CSA's (Consumer Supported Agriculture),  have become more readily available. Local farmers offer the public "shares" of their seasonal crops. A share typically is offered weekly and is usually a box of seasonal produce. The CSA that I joined offers bakery items and eggs in addition to vegetables. CSA's have grown to include other options. Wine, cheese and even fish are now available. If rolling up your sleeves and picking your own vegetables interests you there are also CSA's that offer the option to work on the farm that is supplying the CSA. The summer/fall growing season is usually the most popular CSA to join. More and more farmers are including CSA's all year.

There are many benefits to joining a CSA. You are supporting local farmers, you get to receive fresh local food and if you have children it is a great way to engage them in eating locally. Having a CSA share is like getting a present once a week!

Local Harvest has a great database of CSA's for wherever you may live. Have fun and enjoy!
Happy spring!

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