It is winter, and now is the time when our thoughts turn to...farm-fresh produce?
Why? Because CSA Day is February 23rd!
What Is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs give people in cities and suburbs the ability to enjoy farm-fresh produce while helping small farms stay financially secure. Members buy a share of the farm's harvest, sharing in both the risks and bounty of the growing season.
Members typically pay up front for an entire season but many CSAs have flexible payment plans, and some even offer sliding scale fees and scholarships. Once the growing season starts, members make regular pick-ups of vegetables, fruits and other farm products like eggs, meat and flowers.
When you join a CSA, you are making a commitment to:
- Eating healthful foods and preparing them for your family;
- Supporting your local farmer;
- Being kind to our planet;
- Learning something new; and
- Being adventurous in your kitchen.
Where Can I Find My CSA?
With CSA Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time to find a CSA and sign up for the 2018 growing season. There are a number of CSA lists to choose from, like this one from Small Farm Central, this one from Local Harvest and this one from the USDA. You're sure to find a CSA with a drop-off location near you.
Don't let the cold weather, snow and ice scare you off! Winter is the perfect time to think about the summer and the upcoming growing season. Find your local CSA and sign up today!