I'm sure many know
about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) projects. For those who
don't, here are the basics: a farmer offers for sale a certain
number of shares to the public. Typically the share consists of a
box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.
Interested consumers purchase a share (essentially funding the
farmer's harvest) and in return receive a supply of seasonal
produce each week throughout the farming season. Depending on the
CSA, the consumer may need to pick it up at the farm or, often, the
CSA will arrange a local delivery site for a community. Overall,
this is a great way to eat healthier and support small, local
Luckily, several websites have been set up to help people find
local CSA's. Two of the biggest are Local
Harvest and Eat Well
Guide. Just enter your zip code and it will identify
CSA's close to you.
CSA's have become remarkably popular so if you're
interested, now is the time to look into your local options. Most
CSA's sell out well in advance of their first delivery.