04 June 2008

PSA: CSA

Herewith let it be known that…

Nah, I have no cautionary tales today, but I couldn’t resist titling the post “PSA: CSA”. Because, hallelujah, today is our first CSA pick-up for this season and I am quivering with excitement even though their website says we’re only getting lettuce and braising greens and apples this week.

It really makes me happy to participate in the CSA. At the end of the day, we pay a reasonable price for 25 weeks of terrific quality produce - $503 for the vegetables and $70 for the fruit. It’s local. It’s organic. The farmers are taking care of the land, and they are thinking and writing and proselytizing about what they do. So, in addition to simple nutritional sustenance, they provide an intellectual stimulus and framework in which to better understand the food we eat and the choices we make. And I appreciate that.



[PS: if you have no idea what I am talking about, CSA is "community sponsored agriculture". I compulsively posted the produce haul each week last summer - click here to see all of those posts. If you want my explanation of how the CSA works, click here.]

17 comments:

jen said...

i so love CSA.

the mama bird diaries said...

This sounds so cool. I feel so good when I'm giving my kids organic, wholesome food.

flutter said...

CSA!

Janet said...

I got an email from a local farmstand today saying strawberry picking begins this Saturday. Woohoo!

Mental P Mama said...

Love the organic farmer's market here!

Kelly said...

Thanks for donating via the link on my blog. You're awesome.

And I'm proud to be a part of a local CSA. Our first share included lettuce, spinach, watercress, asparagus and green onions! It's so worth it.

Her Grace said...

Ours starts next week too! I'm so excited. Yours goes 7 weeks longer than ours, though. I'm jealous.

Mayberry said...

This reminds me I wanted to do this -- hope we can still get in. If not, we can bike to our farmer's market.

Kirsetin said...

Ditto, ditto, ditto...love the CSA.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Ours is $700 but it starts 3 weeks earlier than yours, I think, and they deliver to my door. I wonder if they'll stop that service, what with gas prices and all.

Long live CSA!

Lola said...

Sounds awesome. I'd be excited, too.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

We used to do something like this--maybe I'll look into again.

painted maypole said...

i looked into CSAs last year after being insanely jealous over your summer adundance, but alas, there are none near me

She She said...

We've belonged to a CSA off and on for a few years and have always felt so confident that we're getting good food and doing good at the same time. This year we didn't join -- we've expanded our own garden -- but we still go to their farmer's market. Love the CSAs!

nonlineargirl said...

I think your CSA posts are why I first started reading your blog. Our summer share restarted a few weeks ago and we are already in over our heads, vegetable-wise. How can two adults eat so much lettuce?

womaninawindow said...

How smart are you? I'm thinking more people like you...maybe this world might just have a chance.

Furrow said...

Last year was our first with a CSA, and it was a terrible year for farmers. First, there was a late spring freeze, and then we had a drought. Still, we decided to have a go again this year, and it's great. I love not know what we'll get until we open the box. My favorite surprise so far is garlic scapes.