When I told Roommate that I thought we should join a CSA, she looked at me like I had just proposed joining a nudist colony. She didn't know what the letters CSA stood for. Chances are, if you are like most of my friends, you don't either.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Which implies some sort of leftist mentality, but in actuality it is a great way to support local agriculture. Instead of taking out loans in the beginning of the season to cover up front cost, the farmer sells shares to families. In return for their cost, the farmer gives each shareholder a specified amount of his crop each week.
When Roommate understood what a CSA was, she became very excited (not quite the shrill full body shimmy excited, but very excited nonetheless). But then we realized a few impracticalities of our situation and we needed to share a share. I was adamant that this was something that I needed to do. So I talked to La Señorita and her roommate, The Reader. They jumped on board so quickly, they almost pushed me off.
We joined Three Rivers Community Farm and we couldn't be more excited. I am happy because the carbon calorie on my carrot will be low and it will also be free of pesticides. Roommate is happy because we can visit the farm and pick herbs. La Señorita is excited to support the local farmers instead of the conglomerate. The Reader can't wait for November to use her 104 Squash Recipe book.
CSAs exist throughout the country. Many seasons are just beginning, so now is a last minute chance to join. Sites like localharvest.org can help you locate CSAs, farmer's markets, and restaurants serving locally grown foods.
I am going to feel really good about my tomatoes this summer. Supporting local economy. Eating pesticide free food. Sparing the environment a few pounds of carbon.
How does your tomato taste?