As the growing season is beginning, I’d like to put in a plug for getting your vegetables through a Community Supported Agriculture.
What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers 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 (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season (localharvest.org).
There are a lot of CSAs in our area (Clark County and otherwise), any of which would benefit from your support, and they are easy to find online or even at the farmers markets. Our family has subscribed to Liz Nelson’s farm Heavenly Bounty (http://www.heavenlybountyfarm.com/) last year and the end of the year before, and we have been very happy with our produce. She sent us an email last week about the coming season and says,
“Mom and I are anticipating maybe another year of cool weather crops so we are doubling up on seeding them, it worked well last year. But of course we are always focused on tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, all which are on heat mats in the green house. We are hoping to get about 8 shares from Camas so I can deliver again this year. From the response from most the delivery will not be Saturday AM! What seems to be playing out is Thursday afternoon, how does that work for you?”
I hope each of you considers this option for the summer. With many CSAs, you can get a half or whole subscription, based on your needs. Last year we were able to can some tomatoes, freeze some peppers and peas and berries, and the girls like to know their farmer as well.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this! I’d love to help.