If you don’t know what a CSA is, don’t worry I didn’t either until about a year ago. CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs allow consumers to have direct access to high quality, sometimes organic fresh produce or meat grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables/meat from a regional farmer. Some CSAs have a “season” cost or like the one I belong to – will have a weekly cost. I belong to Jack’s Farm CSA in Pottstown and absolutely love it. Being a week to week CSA it allows you to choose each week if you want a share. This is great as you can skip a week and not pay if you will be out-of-town or if something comes up. Other CSAs have a one – time up front cost and if you are away you will lose that share for that week. Jack’s CSA is only for fresh organic produce, but others out there also offer options for meat, eggs and cheese. A good website to find a local CSA is here.
There are several reasons why I enjoy belonging to a CSA. One, it gives me access to fresh organic produce that is grown locally. It also allows me to support a local farm which means a lot to me. Also, if you are like me, you are a big fan of food networks, especially the show “Chopped”. When you belong to one you will receive a lot of ingredients that you wouldn’t normally buy or even see in your local supermarket. This gives me the chance to pretend I am a contestant on “Chopped” and create healthy unusual recipes. I always love being challenged and cooking is no different.
I highly recommend you finding a local Community supported agriculture program and supporting a local farm. It might not be the cheapest method for produce, but you will get the freshest and usually best tasting produce you can find. All great recipes and food have the best ingredients!