I never heard of CSA before yesterday, but now that I do, I wish I'd learned of it sooner.
CSA is COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE where members receive a wide variety of local in-season foods harvested at their peak of ripeness, flavor and vitamin and mineral content.
CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. This arrangement gives the farmer a direct connection to and relationship with the consumer.
from Spiral Path Farm
How cool is that? It took Joe and I all of ten minutes to decide that we wanted to subscribe to our local CSA farm, Spiral Path. Our reasons:
- Closer to the vine means more nutritious foods
- Closer to the vine means the food tastes better
- Certified organic means no chemicals for Grace to ingest
- Better value than supermarkets
- Prices are unaffected by rising gasoline costs
- We'll be able to reduce our grocery bill.
We're paying less than $22 a week for a box of certified organic, straight from the vine/bush/dirt fruits and vegetables. Everybody wins.
You can find out if there's a CSA farm in your area from the Local Harvest website.
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