Though it may not look like it after yesterday’s snowstorm, spring is right around the corner. And, more local produce is just a few weeks from sprouting through the soil. If you want to experience the seasonal harvest from an intimate perspective (i.e. eat peas in June, blueberries in July), then a great way to do so if you don’t have your own garden is to join a CSA. What’s that? Community Supported Agriculture, essentially buying a share of a local farm to ensure both their survival, and your constant supply of healthy, earth-friendly and fresh produce.
Buying a CSA share is sort of like making an up-front payment for X-many months’ worth of food from this farm, or group of farms. Your pledge helps the small farm(s) overcome their unlikely quest of surviving in this era of industrialized agriculture. Many CSAs offer partial as well as full share packages. New ones are cropping up all the time, too. New Yorkers, see the map on Just Food’s website to find the one with the closest pick-up location to you, or to read up more on CSAs. Outside of NYC, try Local Harvest’s search tool to find a CSA in your area.
I’ve never joined a CSA before, as I’ve mentioned on this site. This was due to two reasons: I live alone, and fear too much food for my own use; and second, there was no CSA with a pick-up spot convenient to my home. This year, I’m ecstatic that both those obstacles have been solved. A new Crown Heights CSA has just been formed! It’s still accepting members, so please reach out to the contact email address provided in the link if interested. I’m thrilled also that I’ll be splitting a full share from this CSA with a friend who lives in the neighborhood. That way, we’ll still have plenty of fresh produce for each of us, and we can take turns picking up the stuff every other week. Mission accomplished!
I am so excited to begin this next chapter in Not Eating Out in New York, finally joining a CSA. Hope you’ll consider it, too!