In our attempt to be more ‘green’ we decided to buy into a CSA (Community Service Agriculture). Our friend Sarah was going to buy a full share but wasn’t sure if she’d be able to use it all so we ended up buying 1/2 a share with Sarah buying the other 1/2.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with CSA’s the premise is that farmers sell shares in their farm. Individuals buy those shares and their return is given in produce. Now, you’re buying into the farm whether it’s successfull or has a bad harvest. Some might not want to take the chance, but I think its a great opportunity to support your local farmers PLUS you’ll receive greater nutritional benefit, in my opinion, if your food doesn’t travel hundreds of miles. Food is usually grown organically (even if its not certified organic) and CSA’s allow you to try a variety of produce. You might not think of buying ramps (aka wild leeks) at your local market, but if it’s offered through your CSA you might be happy to give it a try.
Some CSA require that you work a certain number of hours each month. Thankfully, Pond House Farms, does not have that requirment. They will, however, have potlucks throughout the growing season so that “community” stays within the CSA.
On Saturday I pick up our first ‘share’. We’ll be receiving a pound of green onions and a pound of asparagus. Not much, but its still really early here in northern Michigan for produce. The asparagus will be grilled or sauteed and the green onions will add wonderful flavor to our meals. Any excess throughout the season will be frozen or canned. I’m really looking forward to many months of fresh produce grown close to home.
Want to learn more about CSA’s…check out these sites:
Some other great food sites:
For those of us in northwest lower Michigan: