"a collection of consumers that agree to purchase products from a local farm (or group of farms) throughout a season. Members purchase a “share” of the farm and each week go to the farm to pick-up or, have the product delivered to their town. It is a creative way to eat locally and reduce your carbon footing! For the duration of the growing season, you know the farmer that is providing your fruits and vegetables, and how they are being produced!"
My farm is Silverbrook Farm and they partner with 6 other farms. Silverbrook is in Dartmouth, MA. Heres the list of the other 6.
•Allen's Neck Farm - Certified Organic • Eva's Garden - Certified Organic • Sylvan Nursery - Sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. (See home page for definition.) • The King Farm - Sustainably grown vegetables • Matte's Orchards - Conventional Fruits and Vegetables • Hillside Farm - Conventional Corn Grower (Organically grown corn will have a worm on every cob. Does not use GMO seed.)
Here is a Recap of my CSA in Summer 2010.
Highlights- Pea Dumplings and Salad in a Glass
Week 2 & 3
Highlights- Kohlrabi Pie and Green Beans
Highlights- Super Veggie Pizza
Highlights- Corn Chowder
Highlights- Peach Blueberry Cake
Highlights- Vegetable Crepes
Highlights- Vegetable Torte
Highlights- Stuffed Tomatoes and Arugula Corn Salad
Highlights- Stuffed Zuchinni Boats with Spaghetti Squash
Week 12 & 13
Highlights- Asian Tofu Tacos
Weekend 14 & 15
Highlights- Vegetable Lasagna
Highlights: Eggplant Lasagna & Butternut Squash Risotto
Week 17 & Week 18
So in conclusion, joining a CSA in Summer 2010 was an amazing experience. There's nothing like fresh, local ingredients. Due to my CSA I was more creative in the kitchen and learned to love vegetarian or mostly vegetarian meals! I HIGHLY suggest joining a CSA this year. My farm (Silverbrook) is the best because you can pick up right in Boston!!!