My work tends to have magazines in the bathroom stalls for people to read. I normally don’t bother, but occasionally I’ll take a peak at one if I see something interesting on the cover.
For the last week there has been a local magazine in there (talking about local stores, events and stuff). I never took the time to look at it, but I did today, and boy am I glad I did.
There was an article about a local CSA (that’s Community Supported Agriculture) called Good Earth Farm and talked about what they do. Basically it is a family that decided to farm 5 acres of their land and sell the produce to a group of “members”. They do all the work, and you just pick up your box of veggies and stuff once a week during the summer. And you have natural, locally grown, fresh food. You pay a certin amount once a year, it works out to about $20 per box in this case. That’s a little steep, but it does contain a lot of food.
Now this is not like a farmer’s market. A farmer’s market is where people come with stuff they have grown and you just pick what you want (like a grocery store). In a CSA (or at least this one) you get a box of food that was picked that week. You don’t get to choose what is in it, but it contains whatever they happen to be able to pick.
I think this is a really cool idea. I’m thinking I might join in next year. I don’t like everything on their product list, but it would be a cool way to try things I’m wouldn’t necessarily pick up in a store (or that my store doesn’t have).
If this sounds intesting to you, check to see if there is a local CSA in your area.