The Christmas holiday is barely over, but the New Year is quickly approaching. That means its already time to start thinking about this summer and the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that will be available.
If you have any interest in participating in Community Supported Agriculture, now is the time to sign-up. Most programs offer discounts if you sign-up before the end of the year. The savings can be big – up to $100 for joining early.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture means you buy a “share” in a local farm. You invest before the growing season begins, then share in its bounty throughout the summer. Your “share” comes in a weekly box of fruits or vegetables or a mix of both.
Most farms typically offer a variety of shares to suit the size and budget of your family. Some CSA farms even allow you to buy a working share which requires you to work at the farm in exchange for a discounted price.
By buying into the farm early, you do assume some of the risk. If the growing season is poor, you may not receive much for your share.
Why Participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Buying a share in a CSA allows you to support the farmers in your area. It keeps your dollars local and allows you to choose how your food is produced. It also means you will get peak fresh produce delivered each week over the growing season.
What Can You Expect from Your CSA?
The beauty of buying into a CSA, is you can choose what kind of program you want to join. Most farms give you an idea of what will be planted and what kinds and varieties of produce you can expect. Do you want more say in what goes into your box each week? Find a CSA that gives you that flexibility. Want to include eggs, meat, herbs, or flowers? Chances are you can find that in a local CSA as well.
Where to Find a CSA Near You?
If you want to investigate joining a CSA, I’ve found Local Harvest to be a great source of information.
By participating in a CSA you will be eating locally, seasonally, and healthily. By acting now, you will be acting frugally as well. Check it out and be sure to let me know if you find a farm you’re going to invest in!