Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Farm

This is a picture of our farm.
I'll bet you didn't know that in addition to everything else we do, we also are part-owners of a farm, did you?

Well, not really.  What we are is members of a CSA.  Are you familiar with this?  A CSA (which stands for "Community Supported Agriculture") is "a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season."

Our farm is called Sungold Farm, and it is just a few minutes from our house.  We just renewed our subscription for our Harvest Box (this will be our third year with Sungold), which means that starting in June, we will get a huge bag of absolutely delicious and fresh and gorgeous fruits and vegetables each week.  I am particularly excited about the CSA this year, because Tate is such a phenomenal eater.  We try to eat locally and seasonally as much as we can, so although he eats up spinach and broccoli and other winter vegetables no problem, I think it is going to be so much fun to introduce him to summer fruits and cucumbers and fresh basil and all the bounty of the growing season.

Interested in finding a CSA near you?  Check out Local Harvest- they make it so easy. You just enter your zip code and all the CSA's near you pop up (Lissa and Brian live in the middle of Chicago and they even participate in one, including a meat CSA where they get unbelievable fresh meat once a month.  Brigid lives in New York and does it too.  So you really can find one anywhere).

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