What is a CSA?
What if, instead of getting a news magazine every week, you got a big box of produce from a farmer down the road, a box of fruits and vegetables picked that very morning, bursting with flavor and nutrition? Well that’s what you get when you subscribe to a CSA.
Community-Supported or Community-Shared Agriculture (CSA) is also known as "subscription farming." You buy a subscription from a local farmer just like you buy a subscription to Time or Newsweek. But instead of receiving a magazine each week, you receive a "share" of fresh, locally grown or raised fruit and/or vegetables. Some farmers also offer CSA subscriptions for farm-fresh eggs, and/or meats.
While new in name, Community Supported Agriculture hearkens back to an earlier time, a time when people knew where their food came from, ate in harmony with the seasons, and enjoyed a delicious, healthy diet of pure, fresh foods.
"In season" is what CSAs are all about. The grocery store knows no seasons. It is disconnected from Nature and so are the people who must shop there. Sure, you can buy tomatoes in January-but who wants to eat cardboard tomatoes? That sorry tomato was picked green 2000 miles away and weeks ago, and then blasted with ethylene gas to make it turn red just before it landed in the produce section of your store. What we have gained in convenience, we have lost in flavor, freshness, nutritional value, and human connection-to each other and to the land.
When you subscribe to a CSA, however, you remake all those connections.
Of course, you’ll never get tomatoes in May. In May, your vegetable CSA share will be full of luscious lettuce, spinach, and other spring delights. When August comes, then you will experience an explosion of true tomato flavor with your first bite of a juicy, just-picked, sun-ripened tomato- proving once again that some things are worth waiting for!
CSA subscribers don’t so much as "buy" food from a particular farm, but become "members" of those farms. CSA’s provide more than just food, it offer ways for non-farm family’s to become involved and connected to their local farmer and the farm that sustains that farm family. The job of the CSA farmer is to help the CSA members to grow an understanding of the way that the community can support their local farmers. By buying local and learning what is in season for their area, along with the work that is involved in producing food for our tables, you can keep family farms in the family for generations to come.
Ask about joining, Rivendel Farms, and the “Sharing the Harvest, CSA” for the 2013 growing season and see what a difference local grown foods can make to your family’s health and the sustainability of small family farms for years to come.
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Posted on January 3rd 2013 in Farm