Today I did the most grown-up thing I’ve ever done. Possibly an even more mature move than marriage, homeownership, becoming a parent and pursuing a master’s degree. Together with my in-laws, Dave and Pat, I bought half a crop share from a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmer. How cool is that?!
(OK, I’m totally joking about being more mature than marriage, etc. But this is a seriously big deal for me.)
A CSA lets the food-buying public create a relationship with a local farm and receive a weekly basket of freshly-harvested, organic produce. By making a financial commitment each season, people become “shareholders” of the farm.
I learned that some farmers actually require you to help work the land in order to share and enjoy the fruits of the labor. Thank God in Heaven, mine does not! They’ll let you tour the farm to explore every detail of the process — but they don’t require you to lift a finger.
My newly-organic blogger-in-crime, Mollie introduced me to Bonnie Snyder of Our Garden CSA last summer at the Farmer’s Market in Mount Vernon. This was long before my lion taming days on the Daniel Plan, and it took me awhile to understand and want to buy in.
But after the budgetary impact of my Daniel Plan experience, I’m excited to invest in a long-term healthy and affordable alternative to buying produce at the grocery. Plus I love that it’s local, it’s organic, it supports small business and agriculture, and I get first pick of all the good stuff. It’s cheaper than Kroger, Walmart and even Aldi for such quality.
My experience with Bonnie and her husband, John has been marvelous thus far. Mollie and I pick up our first baskets of goodies tomorrow night… I’ll let you know how it goes!
If you’re local and would like more info about Our Garden CSA, comment below and I’ll get their contact info to you.