Alrighty, so what is this CSA business? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically a farmer decides they want to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. Those that would like to partake in this wonderful idea, you must pay whatever amount the farmer deems necessary to provide you with this service.
So our CSA is at Sycamore Farms in Frederick, MD. I'm telling you, Farmer Carol and her daughter are awesome! The food they provide is top notch and they are such wonderful people! Farmer Carol also introduced me to the Back to Eden gardening method which has seriously changed my perspective on gardening. More on that later.
Here's her website:
So, has joining a CSA helped with the grocery bill yet?
I'll have to sit down and figure that all out.
How do you join a local CSA?
Google: (your city and state) CSA. If you live in another country, I'm sure you can figure out what to Google. Call the farmers and talk to them about how much they charge and how much you get. Keep in mind your gas to get to the place too. If you get one too far away, it sort of loses the point.
You can see from the pictures below my average take home load. That pretty much sets my family of 3 adults and 2 children for the week. I usually have to buy tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, berries and bananas but that's about it. I am on a 22 week program and it works out to about $27 a week for organic vegetables. Not a bad deal when you eat as many vegetables as my family does!
Look into it. It's a great way to contribute to the local community, get to know your neighbors and eat healthy! Not to mention, my kids absolutely love going to the farm. You would think we don't have sheep!
|Week 1 Veggies and Fruit|
|Week 2 Yummers!|
|Week 3 C-S-A!|