CSA: Food for thought

The grass is green, the flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are singing and swooning in love . Ok so maybe that’s just me “thinking spring” here in Michigan. But it’s coming, I promise, and it’ll be here before you know it. On your agenda of spring “to-dos,” you should add to the list… 

 -check out local CSA options

For those of you that have yet to be introduced to the term, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture (although in recent years it has come to represent Community Supported Art as well). A CSA farm is a way to bring consumer and farmer together. A farmer collects money at the beginning of the growing season from interested share holders. The farmer then is able to use the finances for growing costs: seeds, water, fertilizer, etc. and supply the consumer with healthy food. A CSA usually offers half shares and full shares of produce to be picked up (perhaps even harvested yourself) every week for typically 20-22 weeks. Benefits? Not only are you getting delicious, fresh, local produce, you're building a relationship with the people who grow your food. How many of us can say that? I mean where in the world did that pineapple come from on your table? Investing in a CSA carries the small risk of a bad growing season; We all remember the freeze two years ago that left us with bare naked fruit trees. But all in all, if you are unable to plant some produce yourself or participate in a community garden, joining a CSA is a great way to put fruits, veggies and other earth grown goodness onto your plate. Check out these local CSA farms.  

Sunshine Meadows Farm

Nature's Pace Organics

Trim Pines Farm

Davis’s Family Farms (248-887-7124)

 

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