What is a CSA? — I have found that not a lot of people know what this acronym means and even more have never even heard of it before! From my point of view, it is one of the most wonderful things I have ever been a part of.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, or Community Shared Agriculture, I’ve heard it both ways. Basically, you are paying up front to receive a share of a farm’s crops each week for the farming season. Most farms will offer different size options, for example, I am getting a half share, since I only feed one (myself). Typically a half share is good for 1-2 people and a full share is good for up to a family of 4. Some farms will also offer meat options, egg or milk options and fruit options that you can add to your weekly pickup.
The benefits of this system extend far greater than one might think off the top of their head. The most obvious benefits to me, the CSA member, are that each week I am receiving a bounty of fresh produce. I can speak from experience as a long time farmer’s market frequenter, that the fresh produce not only has amazing vitamin and mineral benefits, but it tastes better too! What’s even better is that I get exposed to all sorts of new vegetable that I may not normally find in my grocery store or pick out at the market because I’m unfamiliar with it. Joining the CSA you get involved in your local community and support local farming and the local economy. You build a relationship with the farmers, and those veggies that I may not know a lot about, well, they’re there to tell me all about them, including tips on storage and recipes!! What’s better than that?!!! I’m extremely excited to be able to say that I belong to a CSA, and a certified organic one at that.
Keep an eye out for farms in your area that offer this. Most of them you have to sign up pretty early (I signed up in March) since the spots can sometimes fill up quickly. Do a little research about the farm and check out your options, but I promise you won’t be sorry!!
This is my CSA ❤ ❤