One of the things I’m most excited to blog about this year is my new CSA!
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a great way to support local farms while getting fresh, seasonal food to feed your family.
What is a CSA?
In a CSA, farmers offer a certain number of “shares” in their crop to the public before the season starts. Share holders receive weekly deliveries of produce throughout the farming season.
Benefits to the farmer
- Food gets marketed early in the season, before longer farming days kick in
- Payment up front helps farmers manage cash flow throughout the growing season
- Farmers get to put a face to their consumers
Benefits to the share holder
- Buyers and their families eat fresh, local food all season
- Consumers can discover new foods and cooking styles
- Share holders develop relationships with farmers and their families
Plus, the produce changes each week, so early in the season you might see lots of hearty greens — kale, chard, mesclun — and then find a bounty of squash, turnips and pumpkins by Fall. It’s exciting to try new foods, to support smaller local farms, and to taste the difference between mass-produced vegetables versus native, hand-tended varieties!