Every Monday is like Christmas at my house. That’s when I get to pick up my weekly box of fresh vegetables from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
I love this model of farming!
CSAs sell shares in their crops at the beginning of the season. If you want to participate, you sign up before the growing season even starts. It feels really good to support local organic farmers in this way.
Then every week starting in May and going through the end of October, I get a box of fresh, local, and in-season vegetables. What could be better than that?
My CSA is Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, which is a non profit organic farmers cooperative of 75 farmers in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. We focus on creating healthy high quality foods from our highly maintained and enriched soils on our small scale family farms.
I’ve tried many things I never would have thought to try before, and have found some delicious new things to serve for dinner. They even have a blog with delicious recipes to help give me ideas for how to best use some things I may not be familiar with.
Plus, I’ve had the opportunity to meet my farmers. Last summer, the cooperative hosted many gatherings at the individual farms. We could go to the farm and see how things were done and meet our farmers. I could ask questions, have conversations, and learn a lot about organic farming. You certainly can’t do that at the grocery store!
They also have what they call Four Season Harvest, where I can order milk, eggs, butter, cheese, maple syrup, and free range organic meats.
Add to this the separate fruit share that I get, and I’m all set.
And now, in light of the most recent e coli scare in Europe, I am even fonder of my CSA than ever. I’ve met them. I trust them. And I’m eating very healthy food.
Do you belong to a CSA? What’s your experience been?