What? With all of this ***SNOW*** outside it seems like picking your summer veggie share is month away. The truth is that your local farms start accepting applications for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares now so they can plan for seeds and planting.
Many of the established CSA’s that also offer fresh eggs, flowers, jams and honey fill up fast, so now is the time to do your research. How? Ask friends, call up local farms or search on their websites, ask the local health food stores or Google CSA Portland, Maine (or your town).
Why is a CSA better than just heading to the grocery store? You are supporting local farmers (who really have one of the toughest jobs!), getting super fresh food that has traveled minimum distance to get to your plate, you get to try new foods, you can sometimes take your kids to the farm to help pick the goodies!
Many will offer single shares or an option to split a share if you don’t see yourself eating crates of produce each week. You can usually get a discount if you pick up directly at the farm instead of getting delivery or if you offer to be a drop-off site. You can even encourage your co-workers or members of a book, knitting or running club to all join and share in the healthy benefits!
Even though I grow a lot of my summer veggies, I really look forward to the greens, herbs and flowers from the farm. Plus I juice so much I can always use the extras for sauces and canning.
Here is a great site that offers more info on CSA’s: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/