CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
My husband and I decided to go organic when we started a family. Now that our kids are older, they really appreciate all the trouble and expense I go to to serve top-quality organic produce. They also fold their own laundry, balance my checkbook, and hold hands while singing “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” when guests visit.
If your kids aren’t perfect like mine, but you still want to go to the trouble and expense of serving them organic produce, I have good news: it’s no longer expensive.
Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, has opened a Southport branch. It’s a wonderful way to support local farms and literally reap their harvest of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
Who they are: A core group of dedicated volunteers and certified organic local farmers.
What they do and how it works: “CSA is a means for consumers to buy a share in a farm’s seasonal production directly from the farmer. Consumers benefit from buying local, farm fresh, high quality produce at an attractive price and farmers benefit from pre-selling the harvest. CSA members pick up their weekly shares either at the farm or a location in their community.
Community pick up locations generally involve a small volunteer commitment, perhaps two hours per season, during which the site is readied and broken down for weekly share distribution. CSA membership is not for everyone because in such a partnership arrangement, the consumer shares both the bounty of the farm’s harvest and some of the risks inherent in farming.” – website
How much does it cost? For Southport shareholders, $490 for 24 weeks, from June-November. Fruit is an additional $225 for 20 weeks. Prices have probably gone up, so don’t quote me on this.
How to sign up: As of writing this, shares exist in the new Southport location only. Stamford is closed and Wilton is wait list. To sign up, visit http://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/locations/. For more information visit http://www.fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com.
What you may not know but should:
1. Bring your own bags or boxes to pick up: they are not provided.
2. The farmers send e-mails each week, alerting shareholders to weekly produce availability.
3. All leftover produce goes to Operation Hope.