Saturday, April 12, 2014

So what's this CSA I keep hearing about?

So as you now know, I moved to Nashville.  WooHoo!  Spring is here and all I'm hearing about at the office is how they can't wait for their "CSA's" to start.

What's a CSA? Glad you asked because I had no idea...  Per the Bountiful Blessings Farm website it is the following....

"Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is an innovative concept that is reviving family farms across the country and around the world.  In a CSA, the farmer enters into an agreement with a “community” of consumers to supply them with a regular “share” of fresh produce.  The consumers pay for this service in advance, and the farmer then grows, harvests, and divides the produce among the “shareholders.”
This concept has proven very rewarding for both the farmer and the community of consumers.  The shareholders gain the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting local, sustainable, family farming.  They also feel a closer connection with the land and the farmer who grows their food.  Then there’s the food!  It’s fresh, organic, and delicious!"
Remember my post back in March of 2013 about how I wanted to simplify my life and make goat cheese and have a farm?  I'm kinda diggin' this concept of community supported farming!!

I'm IN!

But which one to choose? There are so many!  And how does it work?  

From what I've read it seems that many have options of buying Full Shares or Half Shares and some having options of buying the bushels by the week or bi-weekly.  Prices are approximately $400-800 depending on the farm, bushel size, and how long their season is.  Typical season in Middle Tennessee runs May - Oct.  

I found a great resource at Nashville Lifestyle.  They published a guide to Nashville's CSA's.  You can check it out here.  I'm looking at going with one full share and a few of the weekly bushels.  I imagine it will be more than one single person can eat but I'm planning on learning to can so it'll be perfect!

Such a different life than I had in Los Angeles.  Loving it! 

Do you belong to a CSA in your area?  Tell us about it in the comments! Also, if you can, leave your recipes below or a link to your blog!

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