You may be wondering what exactly a CSA is. Well, a CSA is a Community-Supported Agriculture program. Okay, so what does that mean? Well…
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. (source: Local Harvest)
I’ve been thinking a lot about CSAs lately and considering whether I should join one. I’ve used DC’s Green Grocer in the past and been very happy with them, but am curious to see what other people in the DC area do. There is no way I could cook / eat a full CSA share by myself, but I’d definitely do a half share or even split a half share with a friend. There are numerous CSAs that have pickup locations in the District. I’m curious – if you use a CSA, how has your experience been?
After all in order to make all my favorite delicious meals (see below!), I need great food to work with! The thing I like about a CSA is that the food comes each week. While that can be overwhelming, it basically MAKES me cook new things often. Which is great because searching for new recipes is truly when you find the gems like my favorite soup ever, or a fantastic kale caesar salad.
What is your favorite way to get fresh produce? CSA? Farmers market? Grocery store? Share your thoughts!