Last week, I belonged to a community supported agriculture program. My friends went away and were kind enough to give me their share of food. I was in vegetarian heaven. The day I received my share, an article popped into my RSS feed telling ways to make the most of a CSA. I was ready to go.
A CSA is a community of people who support a farm by paying a certain amount in advance to cover costs and receive crops throughout the growing season.
My share, which is delivered every two weeks, had 10 ears of corn, two eggplants, 5 squash and zucchini, six cucumbers, a large bag of tomatoes, a bag of snap peas and a bunch each of basil and arugula.
Soon the food will run out, and I’ll be back to reality. Area green markets are done for the season, so I will be stuck with store-bought food. I used the CSA gift as a test-run for possibly being a part of the program, something I have wanted to do for a few years.
Every time I get fresh, local produce it is much better tasting. I am looking into the summer session, which runs for 12 weeks, as a way to see if it’s something I would use on a longer basis.
If you are interested in learning more about farmer’s markets, CSAs, co-ops and other food alternatives in your area, check out Local Harvest.