In a quest to become more active in our community and have an increased awareness of where our food comes from, earlier this year Mony and I decided to join a CSA. This how that conversation went (back in February):
D: Mony, what do you think about joining a CSA?
There were no questions, no hesitation, just a straight okay (oh, what a tough life I lead). I still don't think he really knows what it is. So for him and for everyone else, let me explain what a CSA is.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, you join into a partnership between yourself and a farm and share the benefits (or losses) of a harvest. You support the farm by giving them funds in advance when they need it most; during their planting season to cover costs. In return, from the months of July to November, you receive a (free) weekly farm share (the above picture is this week's loot). The farm that we decided to join a CSA program with is Fort Senneville Farm. It is a farm that has been around for 15 years harvesting beautiful, organic fruits and vegetables. It is a family-owned farm (this is how I met my farmer friend), on land that has been owned by the same family for over 100 years.
This weeks CSA basket had the following items:
* Swiss Chard
* Purple curly lettuce
* Green Onions
* Purple cabbage
* Garlic scapes
* Basil / Coriander
In this day and age when we are all trying to do better, be better - this is a good way to support your community and know where your food comes from. The vegetables are organic, fresh, and overall just taste better. Plus it is convenient and I love the mystery of not knowing what we will receive week after week. Some vegetables we have never even heard of...those will be the most fun. The cost works out to be around $15 a week, which is very reasonable for the quantity and quality that you get, not to mention the satisfaction you have knowing that you are doing something good for yourself and for someone else - this is the next best thing to owning your own garden.