If you haven't sought out your local CSA after this post - I'm not doing this right.
Let's start with this...
What is CSA? A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
What is Community Supported Agriculture? Joining a CSA allows you to purchase local, in-season produce (and sometimes more!) from your LOCAL farmers! You don't need to know a network of farmers to fill a grocery basket anymore. You are directly supporting your local farmers.
Why join? Don't get me wrong - I love a good farmers market. For me it's a time saver. I don't have to go to the store as often. Sometimes I get things I may otherwise not try, and I know everything I am getting is in season. Peak weeks I receive a delivery weekly, and in off season they are bi-weekly. I can even add on specific items. Who doesn't love surprises. How cool is that?!
How much does it cost? It depends on the CSA in your area. Check out Local Harvest to find the CSA in your area. If you are in the Southern Oregon area, check out Rogue Produce.
No CSA's in your area, or maybe you've got a lot of land? Maybe YOU are just who the farmers need to organize a CSA.
Want to learn more about CSAs? Check out these links below to get started:
The CSA Option
Start a CSA
USDA CSA Directory