Okay, I will be the first to admit I did not know what CSA stood for…Community Supported Agriculture. In CSA, you buy a share from a local farmer and he provides you with a weekly “box” of vegetables, and fruits during the harvest season.
Growing up my Dad tended a wonderful garden, and of course, I took it for granted as a child. He grew carrots, corn, string beans, squash, pumpkins, and rhubarb. He also planted several fruit trees, and grafted an apricot branch on to a plum-tree.
We had friends over for brunch after church today, and we were discussing vegetable gardens. My friend has gardening for a few years now, and was giving my husband some tips. We have a small vegetable garden Rick started from seeds this year. So far, it has produced green beans for a few meals.
The conversation lead to a discussion of organic versus local produce. The USDA certification of “organic” is very expensive, and out of the financial reach of most small-scale farmers. Then when my family was napping this afternoon, I stumbled upon this article about on Simple Mom. Through a link, I was able to find several local farms that participate in CSA programs.
Frankly, organic produce is out of my price range for my grocery budget. I am wondering Community Supported Agriculture would also be? Have any of you participated in CSA? How about a backyard garden?