Community Supported Agriculture: Why it’s Hip!
Community Supported Agriculture farms, also known as CSA’s, have grown in numbers and popularity over the last few years. If you’re not familiar with CSA’s, they are farms that provide their products directly to members by selling seasonal “shares.” The members then pick up their “share” of the harvest each week throughout the growing season. CSA’s are mostly known for their fresh produce, but products can also include farm-raised meats, free-range eggs, flowers, etc. In addition to providing for individual members, many also sell their products at farmer’s markets.
So what are the benefits of CSA membership?
- Local – isn’t it nice to get your vegetables from nearby rather than having them travel from the other side of the country, or planet?
- Organic – CSA farmers are very concerned about protecting the environment. Organic practices help to nourish the soil and save the land for future generations. There are also no chemical fertilizers or pesticides used, for healthier food!
- Know the Source – you get to know the person that grew your food, and can visit the farm to see how the food is handled. You build relationships.
- Varieties – local farmers can grow special crops that have more flavor, because they don’t have to worry about their products’ transport potential.
- Freshness – most CSA produce is delivered within a day or two of harvest… ohhhh so fresh and delicious!
- Knowledge – Many CSA’s offer recipes and other suggestions for making wonderful meals, even if you’re new at it!
With all of those benefits, what are you waiting for? In the USA, find a CSA farm near you: http://www.localharvest.org
Thank you to http://www.wordenfarm.com for the farmer’s market pic!