Want To Get Fresh Veggies?
Grow your own vegetables! Okay, if you are like me and gardening just isn’t your thing, join a CSA!
What the heck is that? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is one of the best ways to get your hands local fresh produce.
How does it work?
In the spring, you invest in a local farmer by giving them money to get their crops into the ground. When the produce is ready to be picked, you get a box of fresh produce weekly at a predetermined pick up location (hopefully near your home) until the end of the growing season. In Alberta, you are looking at getting 12-14 weeks of fresh produce depending on the farm. How cool is that?
That’s not all!
You will also get the opportunity to meet your farmer AND find out everything you ever wanted to know about what you are eating. Many CSAs send out a newsletter to keep you informed about their farm and how the growing season is going. Some farmers even invite you out to visit if you are interested. Road trip anyone?
Sounds perfect, how do I sign up?
I found my CSA at http://www.csaalberta.com/. If you are from a different area I’m sure you will be able to find a local listing on Google or ask produce vendors at your farmer’s market. The hardest part was deciding on which CSA to support. Convenience is really important to me so I chose a CSA that had a pick-up location close to my home. There was a simple form to fill out on-line and then a confirmation email to let you know that you were successful in joining the CSA.
If you are considering joining a CSA, do it now. The first CSA I selected was already sold out for 2014. Do some quick research or poll your friends and sign-up before it’s too late. I wasn’t organized last year and I totally missed the boat.
Which CSA did I end up choosing?
It was a tough decision but I went with Seeds to Greens and I’m looking forward to tasting their veggies and learning more about their farm.
Let’s hope we have fantastic weather that produces a bumper crop for all farmers and gardeners this year!
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