Despite spring’s shy resistance to fully emerge, it is truly here. Produce farmers are starting seed indoors, planning outdoor bed configurations, and most importantly, selling shares in their CSAs. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a dependable way to ensure that your family receives a constant supply of fresh, locally grown produce every week, one thing we are sorely lacking in winter. The up front cost to you may seem high ($300-$600, depending on the farm and its program), if you were to purchase the same amount of produce from the farmer’s market or supermarket, you would be paying much more. Why do farmers do it, if they can realize more by selling directly at the market? Well, for one, it helps with the costs farmers must bear at the beginning of the season. In addition, it ensures a steady consumer stream. Why is a CSA beneficial, aside from facilitating support for local agriculture and its connection to a healthy community? You can find a host of other reasons as well as a list of CSAs in your are by visiting the NOFA web site. Here is a link: NOFA.
Healthy eating all!