I received wonderful news yesterday…our CSA starts on Friday! What’s a CSA? Short for Community Supported Agriculture, some people refer to CSA as a produce subscription, a garden share, or a vegetable-of-the-week program. No matter what you call it, each week throughout the growing season you receive a box of whatever’s ripe for market.
Okay…so it starts out a little slow in the spring, with lots of green, leafy things that end up in the salad bowl. But, as we move in to summer, each week blossoms into a rainbow of color (including the perfect tomato in August) and ultimately reaches a zenith of earthy goodness with bulbous root vegetables in the fall.
CSA’s exist to help small farmers plan better and capture more value for their labor. By becoming a member, you share in the bounty (as well as the risk) of the farm. I remember a few skimpy “harvests” some years back when summer floods ravaged southern Minnesota. However, in any weather, a CSA is a great way to connect with your food.
To learn about CSAs operating in your areas, check out your local natural food co-op or go to www.localharvest.org/csa/.