Community Supported Agriculture… What’s that you ask ?
Well according to according to Wikipedia-
Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs
Enjoy Real Food by Real Local Farmers!
This last spring I had the opportunity to join a local CSA. A friend of ours told me about the farm that was no far from my house , right in the heart of one of Oklahoma City’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
I called and took a tour of Guilford Gardens. This place is amazing and looks like a story right out of Southern Living magazine.
I decided to sign up and be committed to be part of their program and take a weekly delivery of vegetables that are grown all naturally. Each week I receive a “Basket” with what is ready and ripe. We don’t select our own items, they fill our bags with what is ready to harvest and deliver it to my door every Wednesday.
It has been the most incredible experience. I literally have tried more new vegetables and weeds (seriously) than I have in the last 10 years. I’ve cooked new foods and enjoyed the challenge.
My first CSA delivery
Over the next few weeks, I will include recipes of some of the favorite things I have cooked and photos of more of the goodies.
So, go ahead and find your local CSA in your city (google it) and support your local farming community. Most CSA’s farm organically .. although many are not ” certified organic” due to the cost of the certification and oversight.