written by Cathy Baker, mom of two tweens, one who loves fruits and the other who loves veggies!
I have a friend who did this last year and is signing up for it again. I’ll admit, I haven’t jumped on board quite yet, but I’m very intrigued by the idea! I loved hearing about all her fresh vegetables and juicy, sweet fruits she received every week.
Have you ever heard of Community Support Agriculture?
Here’s the general idea…local farmers grow the produce, fruits, raise meats, even some bakery items. You buy into a share for the season…around here I think our season goes from May to October. And every week you pickup your local items straight from the farmer! How awesome is that?! All the healthy benefits of gardening, without the need to actually maintain your own garden all year, and with no middle man – you know exactly where your food comes from!
You do have to pay for the entire share upfront, and costs and products vary greatly by region. They limit the number of ‘shares’ you can purchase – like our local farm, Millsap Farms, has 100 shares available this year. (Note: picture above is from their website, and they have more details of how the program works, if you want more info.) In some areas, I hear these shares can sell out quickly, so it’s best to sign up early in the year, before actual pickup season begins!
This website, www.localharvest.org has a searchable database of over 4,000 participating farms in the United States! Wow! I bet you can find one close to you! And just think of all that fresh, healthy, ‘yumminess’ you can serve your family this year!