What's a CSA?
Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture group) is a great way to eat fresh and local. Members pay in the beginning of the year. In return, they receive a share of produce each week throughout the farm's season. Each week's share will be a surprise. Some weeks, you will receive more than others. Overall, you will share in the farm's bounty and eat fresher, better produce than you can get anywhere else.
CSAs were first started in Europe and Japan in the 1970's by communities concerned about the loss of farmland and the environmental and health risks of mass-produced food. By supporting small farms in the beginning of the year, CSA members help them survive through tough seasons, taking on some of the risks and rewards inherent in farming. In return, they eat healthier, fresher food, season-long. What started in this country as a single CSA in 1986 has grown to over 2,000 today.
Here are our top 10 reasons to join a CSA:
- Freshness—Eat fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the season, straight from the field to your
hands. It tastes better and it's more nutritious.
- Variety—Enjoy the opportunity to try new varieties of produce.
- Knowing where your food comes from—Deepen your connection to what you eat by getting to know
the people who grow it.
- Supporting the environment—Eat produce that is grown with eco-friendly methods.
- Cook more—The healthiest meals are those cooked at home with fresh produce.
- Preserving—Do some canning and enjoy the bounty throughout the year.
- Value—Save money compared to buying similar produce at a farmer's market.
- Community—The CSA is a great opportunity to meet new friends and like-minded individuals.
- Economies—Know that your support helps the local economy by creating jobs locally.
- Farm—CSAs preserve farmland by supporting local farms.