Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Community Supported Agriculture~CSA

Last week we met with our local farmer that grows our produce for the CSA.
This will be our 6th year to support him and his family and reap the harvest of their labor and prayers. I can say that we have always been pleased with our produce and the quality of the veggies continues to improve year after year, not that they were ever bad. Our farmer continues to educate himself and has committed to not use any chemicals on our crops. He is not certified organic but grows organics and uses sustainable methods of farming. I encourage you to check out your local CSA and support them and enjoy the fruit of their labor.
The way ours works is that at the beginning of the season we give our farmer seed money and then for approximately 26 weeks of harvest we get a portion of produce that feeds a family of 4 who eat a primarly plant based diet. We also have access to several other items such as bakery, raw milk, raw milk cheeses, grass fed beef, organic free range chicken, eggs, handmade soaps, fermented drinks and veggies and such. We pick up our produce once a week and any other items we have ordered. The group I belong to also orders from United buying Club once a month and we do a group buy from a local organic produce supplier.
If you are not aware of anything like this near you, call your local health food stores and check out this site Local Harvest, CSA and get involved in your community!

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