|Posted by Angela Diaz on November 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM|
Community supported agriculture is a program available almost anywhere in the U.S. For anyone who doesn't know what it is, it is an organization that partners with local farms to bring fresh,in-season produce to individuals who purchase "shares" of the harvest. The shares are distributed weekly at specified pick-up locations located throughout the community.
Lancaster County is known for it's good soil and farmland. My local CSA program is partnered with about 75 local organic farms. You have the option of purchasing a share, or a half share (for smaller families) of the produce. I elected for a half share since I do grow some of my own vegetables already at home and since I'm not a vegetarian (though I'd love to be, I just love meat too much), the half share box would be more than enough for our weekly vegetable needs.
I paid $133 dollars to receive a half share for the seven weeks of the fall harvest, which amounts to about $19/week for fresh, local, organic produce to be picked up every Tuesday a few blocks away from where I work. Sounds like a good deal to me and I love directly supporting our local organic farmers. Here is what was in my box today when I picked it up:
Broccoli, Romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage, beets, garlic, leeks, and red kale
Everything is distributed within 24 hours of being harvested. Talk about fresh! I was really excited about this and the smell of these items in the box was driving me nuts all day long since I had them with me at work so they wouldn't sit in the car and get weird if the sun beat in the windows. I already had plans for the broccoli. I made beef and brcoccoli (told ya I love meat). It was so delicious. It was my first time making it and it was a hit.