If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know how much I love my farm share, which is also known as a CSA (for Community Supported Agriculture). I've shared my thoughts on food, which can be summed up as eating lots of veggies (preferably organic), buying the best quality ingredients I can source and afford, and indulging well when the occasion calls for it. I try to emphasize plants, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. I also aim to make my meals colorful (think reds, greens, oranges, purples) instead of all beige, which is my shortcut to ensuring they have lots of different nutrients.
Subscribing to a CSA supports all of those goals thanks to a weekly bounty of awesome organic produce, while while encouraging me to experiment in the kitchen (hello, garlic scapes), and eat seasonally. I've always been happy about the value for my money that a farm share provides, both in terms of quality and quantity. I opted not to do a CSA last year while we were gearing up for our wedding, and while that was very much the right decision I seriously missed it. Now that spring has arrived, CSA sign ups are underway and I'm thrilled to report that we've already registered for our share.
If you're thinking of doing a CSA (come on! do it! it's a great idea! you'll love it!), now is the time to sign up. If the idea of a full farm share seems intimidating, consider doing a half share or making your own and splitting with a friend. Additionally, some CSAs also have optional add-ons for shares of fruit, eggs, honey, or bread. In the NYC area, Just Food has a CSA locator and you can also inquire at your local Greenmarket as to which farms have CSA programs. When I lived in Manhattan, I did the Katchkie Farm CSA at Haven's Kitchen, which I highly recommend. Elsewhere, check out Local Harvest's CSA finder or ask at your local farmers market.
p.s. You can find my tips for how to approach and manage your farm share here