You may have seen the acronym CSA floating around and wondered what it is. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. With CSA, people help to support a local farm by paying a subscription price to receive weekly produce.
I decided to try out participating in CSA this summer. I paid for 20 weeks of locally grown, organic produce up front. The farm is in Maryland, which is a small state, but it’s not particularly close to me. However, they have numerous places where they drop off CSA produce and one happens to be at a residence in my town. I have had four weeks of produce now, and I’ve been very happy with it. We’ve gotten an assortment that varies each week. The above picture shows just a portion of what I got one week. Over the past four weeks, I received these items (and probably a couple I’m forgetting), but not all of them every week:
- spring onions
- collard greens
- snow peas
- beet greens
A couple of the items we have not liked, such as collard greens. I know they are good for you, we just don’t care for them. However, we tried kohlrabi for the first time and liked it. Last week I cooked beets for the first time, which I posted about on Monday, and the family liked them too.
One thing we’ve had lots of is lettuce, particularly green and red leaf lettuce. For several weeks we’ve had build-your-own salad for dinner on Thursday (the day I pick up my produce). Another item I’ve gotten each week is spring onions. We eat onions a lot so those have been great.
This is the first year I have had a CSA subscription, and it’s an experiment. I am happy to help support a local farm, and I like the ease of picking up my produce from a convenient place. The farmer’s markets in my area are not as convenient, and I am often disappointed in how much produce is actually there. On the other hand, with CSA I have no choice about what produce I am given. I am hoping that there will be very little that we don’t eat and not too much overlap with my own garden. I’m also limited to picking up the produce on Thursday, and it makes shopping earlier in the week difficult when I don’t know what I will be getting. So far, though, I am happy with it, and I look forward to seeing what will be in the box each week.
How About You
Do you have a CSA subscription or have you had one in the past? What do you think about it?
To learn more about CSA and to search for one in your area, visit Local Harvest.