Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) changed the way farmers do business. No longer do they have to go through a middle man to reach the consumer, they can sell direct. It means a larger share of profit and a stronger relationship with the consumer. In many cases, the CSA model has saved the farm. If you can’t grow your own, join a CSA. Here’s some interesting info on the history of CSAs, and a few tasty recipes for this season’s veggies.
To find a CSA near you, check out Local Harvest. You can type in your zip code to find either a farm or a delivery drop near you. I did a quick search of my own neighborhood and found listings for fresh goat milk delivery and gardening services as well. What’s near you?
Some organizations offer CSAs to their employees. Crossroads School and Aerospace are local businesses that have a thriving CSA. I’ve seen the stacks of boxes, each with an assortment of veggies and fruits, being hauled away by happy participants. The weekly haul comes with a recipe to use what’s inside. It’s a great way to get your veggies without having to shop, and farmers benefit too. They have a guaranteed income because CSA dues are pre-paid. It gives a farmer breathing room to cover their costs through the season. It’s win-win for everyone.