April 16th, 2014
In a prior post, we talked about the benefits of a CSA compared to a farmer’s market.We hope you’re doing both. Our CSA boxes were available starting last week. Now we need to figure out what to do with everything. We’re trying to be more adventurous with the kale.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. In a nutshell, you’re purchasing a share of what the farmer produces. So if 100 people sign up, you get 1%. If there’s a bumper crop of radishes, or kale, you’ll get extra that week. If it’s a bad growing season, you won’t get as much.
You pay up front and share in the risks and the rewards. However, most CSA farms are well established and in tune with the rhythms of nature, and know how to recover from any apparent setbacks.
The CSA has determined what the growing season is, and how to provide the fresh produce. Usually, someone volunteers their house as the homebase where you pick up your box. Often the CSA provides add-ons like eggs, fruit, bread, flowers, cheese and meat.
There are new types of CSAs out there that deliver the box to your door, and have smaller shares. There are others that let you choose what you want in your box, so if you really don’t want tomatoes because your plants are really producing, you can get more of something else instead. It will cost extra for custom, but for some people, that’s what works best for their needs.
What are you looking forward to eating this Spring?