I’m a New CSA Member!
Have you heard of CSA? If not, don’t feel bad.. I hadn’t until this week either. One of our awesome members of Menu Planning Central posted about her involvement in one and I was intrigued to find out more. It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically you buy a “share” of a farm in the fall/winter, and then in the spring/summer each week you pick-up (or in some cases have delivered) a box of fresh produce. In most of the groups you have the added advantage that the fruits & veggies are organic. So what is the point? Well first off the goods are FRESH generally picked within a day of receiving it. (Opposed to the grocery store where sometimes things have been in transit and/or on the shelf for up to two weeks before you purchase them!) Next, like I said, a lot of it is organic and at a much lower price than organics at the grocery store. Finally, you are supporting a community farm. Here is a website: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ where you can check to see if you have a CSA farm in your area. I thought it was a long shot for me since I live in such a small communty, but I found one within 20 minutes, so you just never know until you look! A lot of them will be sold-out at this time of year, but you just never know. Mine said it was sold-out on the website, but I sent in an e-mail just in case and they have agreed to “squeeze” me in! I am so excited to get started next week – we’ll see how it goes! I am a bit nervous about ending up with a bunch of vegetables I have never heard of, but they do provide storage tips and recipes each week, so hopefully that will help me out. Should be an adventure with lots of good organic produce! Let me know if you are already a member of one or if you find one in your area!