Yay! I am so excited that today we are going to sign up for a CSA for this Spring.
For those of you that are not familiar with CSAs....let me take a minute to explain..
CSA=Community Supported Agriculture.
Basically it is almost like buying stock in a local farm. You pay them upfront for a season (the spring season is 8 weeks)- then every week you get a box full of locally grown, freshly picked organic produce. If they have a great season, your box will be overflowing...if locusts invade the farm and eat all the veggies...maybe not so overflowing. Regardless, however, you are helping to support a local organic farmer.
The crops planned in our CSA for Spring 2010 include: Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Cucumber, Lettuce, Onions, Radishes, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Tomatoes and Zucchini...
I am excited to be totally suprised each week and see what thrived on the farm and what I get in my box...and meal plan around all the fresh vegetables we happen to get that week.
You can also sign up seperately for a Fresh Egg Share, where you will get a dozen eggs each week from grass-fed, free range local chickens....but we aren't sure if we would ever eat a dozen eggs per week, so we are going to buy those on a weekly basis.. you can also make orders for fresh baked pies, cinnamon rolls, wheat bread, homemade jams, and grass-fed chickens throughout the whole season and pick up those items when you pick up your produce share...lucky for me there is a pick up point right in Oakley :)
If anyone would like more info on this CSA, please let me know and I'll be happy to share!!