The locavore in winter: join a CSA now

CSA is short for community supported agriculture. Here is what the fabulous website, Localharvest, has to say about CSA’s.

Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become “members” (or “shareholders,” or “subscribers”) of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 2200.

While spring may be a while off, right now is the time to sign up for a local CSA. Many of them have begun to take subscriptions and if you wait to sign up until spring, it may be too late. They may not have any more subscriptions to offer.

LocalHarvest has a search feature that allows you to find CSA’s in your local area. On the CSA page, simply type in your zip code and a list of CSA’s that are in your region will be generated. There were 46 listings generated when I typed in my own SJ zipcode – some more convenient than others, and one that I am considering joining.

If you want to stretch your locavore wings, then joining a CSA is a great way to do it. You will get local in season produce and other food and you will be supporting a local farmer. They need all the support they can get.

Comments

  1. Robin — I went to this website and found out that a board member of our homeschool support group runs a CSA! How cool is that?

  2. Robin Shreeves says:

    That is cool – is that your new support group in Iowa or the one back here in Jersey?

  3. In Iowa. That could mean fresh beef, chicken and eggs for us! I’m going to see her at mom’s meeting next week and hopefully talk to her about it.

  4. Robin Shreeves says:

    That’s really great. Let me know what you think of it all when you get more info.

  5. JAH’S CREATION Organic Farm
    4045 Spruce Ave
    EHT, NJ 08234
    609 272-9538

    Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is the very best way to make a solid connection with your food supply. We must eat vegetables every day, so why not get them from your local farmer! By joining your local CSA you help to support the farmer’s monetary needs to run the farm and in return you recieve a share in the seasons harvest. There is nothing better than to support your local farm and reward yourself with its produce.

    If you love Locally Grown, Farm Fresh, Certified Organic Produce than JAH’S CREATION Organic Farm is the CSA for you. We are a very small farm with 5,500 ft of greenhouses and a 1/2 acre of field production in Egg Harbor Township plus another 3.5 acres of field production in Mays Landing. We have a small but comfortable packing house where we inpect, rinse and pack out our product. We are fully equip with a walk in cooler and a refrigerated delivery vehicle to make sure that our produce gets to its destination in prime condition.

    Our first CSA started with just 20 members back in 2008, grew to 62 members in 2009 and we are now accepting 125 members for our 2010 Main Season CSA. We have the fields all planned out for the 2010 season and have purchased some garlic seed that is being planted in November for the 2010 summer harvest. We will be busy adding compost to our fields all winter to help boost their organic matter content as well as the fertility. Our seed order is made up and we are currently busy setting up our deliveries of propane, port a potties, growing supplies, etc…

    Right now is the time that we need the support from our CSA members. The new farming season starts just as the old year ends with the proper planning and purchases for the upcoming season. We must have our ducks lined up now so that we can focus on growing the highest quality certified organic produce for you, our valued customer!

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