Friday, January 11, 2008

What is a CSA?

I have had a couple of comments asking about the CSA, so I thought I'd address that here. A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. What you do is buy a share in a farm--you pay a certain subscription fee in advance, and then you reap the benefits with a bag/basket/whatever of food each week from the farmer.

Our farmer is known as Farmer Susie. She has a farm we first joined last May, and all last summer/fall we picked up our weekly bag of veggies at the Farmer's Market. We were introduced to the joys of so many different greens and different vegetables that we either hadn't tried, hadn't eaten in a long time, or would just never have thought to purchase and experiment with.

It's the best way for us to get local, organic (although not certified, but who really cares) vegetables. The tomatoes were heavenly, Farmer Susie makes delectable garlic basil salad dressing, and I discovered something new--garlic scapes!

I'm a true garlic scape lover, and this year I will make as much garlic scape pesto as I can before they are out of season. I still have a little bit hoarded in the freezer for February or March when I am dying for something summer-fresh.

It has been an incredible experience for us, and my children are being quite adventurous. My son will eat just about anything if I put goat cheese in or on it, and my daughter adores anything made with fresh tomatoes.

To find a CSA near you, check out

1 comment:

Happywife84 said...

hooray! Thanks! Found 2 semi-near us! I will talk to Dale about this! Thank you ever so much!