Community Supported Agriculture

Today's post is about an awesome program called CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I had never heard of it until my friend Sarah (yep, my #1 research assistant again) told me about it. She and her husband get a box of fresh vegetables delivered to them every other week from a local farm- it's whatever is in season, and sometimes she doesn't even know what something is, which I think is fun! The way it works is you subscribe to a farm and this is good for both parties: the buyer gets yummy, in-season veggies, grown locally delivered to them or to a nearby central location for pick-up; and the farm knows in advance that it will have a steady "membership" of customers to buy its crops. I always like the idea of buying local and helping out small businesses. In addition you are helping out God's green earth by buying locally (which lowers costs of transportation, i.e. GAS)!

Keep in mind that in some areas you have to subscribe for a whole year, different farms might start their subscriptions at different times (and they do fill up), and they also may have different deliver schedules. Some farms allow you to subscribe for different amounts too, like say if you have a family of 4 versus only 2.

Local Harvest is a great resource where you can look for CSA programs in your area. And if you want more info, just google Community Supported Agriculture for plenty of info! For those of you on the Central Coast, even Cal Poly has a CSA program- one more reason to live in SLO! This was taken from my alumni email newsletter today: Summer is almost here, and so are plenty of fresh-picked vegetables from the Cal Poly Organic Farm produce subscription program. The Organic Farm is now taking summer subscriptions for its Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). Subscribers receive a box of fresh-picked produce weekly.

Contents vary depending on what's ripe and in season. Summer season crops include lettuce, leafy greens, tomatoes, squash, onions, spinach, beets, carrots, fennel, eggplant, corn, bell peppers, melons, and more. <Details on the produce subscription program>>