For the second year, I will be taking part in the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a local farm. A CSA is when a farm offers what they call shares for a set amount of time. These are available to pre-purchase before the growing season and at my farm come in full, half or single shares. Each week we get whatever is ripe for picking. So early in the season we’ll get a lot of lettuce and other greens. Later in the summer, we’ll get tomatoes, corn and squash. It’s an exciting surprise each week!
We have only a single share, which is plenty for the two of us. We usually get 5 items per week for the 20 weeks of the share. Our farm, Robert Treat Farm, offers numerous add-ons to their shares, such as fruit, fish, and milk. We opt for the fruit add-on, which gives us 10 weeks of fruit on top of our farm fresh vegetables.
CSAs are a great way to support your local farms and also ensure your family eats healthy on a daily basis. You can’t help but feel better when you have an abundance of fresh veggies on your plate! Fresh eating is so important for us runners to get the proper nutrients which maintains our energy and stamina.
So for the next 20 weeks, I will be sharing my CSA experience with you. I’ll show you what I get each week and hopefully share some healthy recipes that I create with my veggies. This week was a preview week for all CSA shareholders at the farm and we were able to pick our own head of lettuce. This lettuce did not disappoint! Here’s a photo next to my iPhone so you can get an idea of the actual size. There will be many salads this week!
So I hope you all will enjoy this 20 week installment on my CSA and I hope you will consider joining one in your community. For more information on CSAs, please visit Local Harvest to find one near you!