Monday, June 15, 2009

community supported agriculture

We picked up our first CSA share last week.  Yay!  (We've had a rainy spring, so that has pushed back the start of the distributions.)  I was so excited!


Every week we pick up a crate of fresh produce.  Your distribution depends on what has been harvested and how much there is.  It's like Christmas!  

I love the whole CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) concept.  Like any venture in agriculture, there are no guarantees.  As long as you realize this potential before joining a CSA, it's a pretty sweet deal.  Yes you pay for your produce, but you'd do that regardless.  I would much rather support a local small business (in this case, owned by friends) then supporting a mega-chain grocery store.  

I like any situation that benefits both parties.  Some people would call this a win-win situation, but I call it a bless-bless situation.  Local Harvest talks about the mutual benefits of CSA:


Advantages for farmers:
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Knowing my participation helps the farmers and is good for my family is almost as rewarding as getting to eat our goodies!

Even though we are CSA members, we are still tending our humble garden. As I've mentioned, this is our first year as gardeners. I believe we have over-planted our little bed, but things are still doing fine.

In our parts, the locals will tell you you've done good if you have ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July.

I think we might just make it!  



2 comments:

  1. holy cow! your garden looks great!

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  2. Very jealous here.. my little one pot garden is so near death I don't want to think of it. I have a black thumb :)

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