Around the globe, people are discovering the joy of eating locally. Since most farmers don’t focus on packaging, shipping and shelf life, they’re able to harvest their crops at the peak of freshness, quality and seasonality, and offer them to the food-buying public. Eating locally is also a way for the public to create relationships with farmers and help them stay in business. Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is the formalized name for doing just that.
More than 2,000 farms around the country offer CSA “subscriptions,” and for a weekly, monthly or seasonal fee, you can receive regular deliveries of produce, meat, eggs, flowers or fruit directly from the farm to your door.
While a typical season subscription runs between late spring and early fall, it’s certainly not too late to identify a farm in your area and be put on their subscription list for next spring. A subscription also makes a wonderful holiday gift for those who love to cook.
To find a farm in your area. Not only can you find farmers by zip code, you’ll have access to wonderful recipes, a list of farmers’ markets across America, festivals, barn tours, workshops, field days and other farming-related activities in your area. Additionally, there’s an online shop that sells 5,200 products for those of us who’d like to sustain support for these farms all year long.
If anyone has participated in CSA, I’d love to hear from you!