Three years ago, I went for it and signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. For those of you that don’t know what that means, it is a share in a local farm. For the buy in price each week or every other week, depending on the program, you get a basket full of what the farm produces. If the farm has a great growing season you get more, if it’s not so great you get less. All of it freshly picked and packed within days of you getting it!
My friend and I split it and love it! The first year it was all exciting and new, and while we got the newsletter every week telling us what to expect in our basket, we were overwhelmed with the amount of fruit and veggies we got! It also opened our eyes to new types of produce we wouldn’t have normally picked up at the grocery store. Garlic scapes? Yes please! Our conversations started with, “What are these and what can I do with them"? And then came the pinning - you can find amazing recipes on Pintrest. Now, we have fun talking about what we did with the stuff we got, sharing pins with each other, and figuring out how to split the basket.
This year we went down to a quarter share, because the half was just too much food for us. Three years later, we still get pumped up at the start of the share season thinking about all the yummy fresh food we know is coming our way. Check out the Connecticut Department of Agriculture website for a list of CSA farms near you, and don't forget to sign up early!
Kristyn Neal is a member of the Personal & Professional Development Committee.