The Return of the CSA!

Staci Strauss

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It's hard to believe that it's time to begin collecting our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares again. It seems like just last week I was picking out our pumpkin on the very chilly closing day back in October. As we drove up to the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, I was so happy to see familiar faces, especially Ursula, who has been the site manager for the Hearty Roots Farm CSA program for the five years we've been members. 

CSAs are such a pleasant way to get the freshest most delicious produce. Usually the first few weeks are scant, but this year, spring came very early, and our basket was bulging with assorted greens and vegetables.

If you aren't familiar with a CSA, here's how it works: you buy a share in the program in the Winter or early Spring (most programs offer you an every week or an every other week option), before the start of the season. This helps the farmer, in our case it's Benjamin Shute at Hearty Roots, plan exactly how much to grow, based on advanced purchase. When the season starts, you simply bring your bags and collect organic produce picked just that morning.

It is a great way to see your neighbors, and you don't need your pocketbook – you've already paid! On our first pick up, Ursula told me that there are shares left this year! Hearty Roots pick up locations are in Upstate New York as well as Brooklyn if you're interested.

To learn more about the farm and their CSA program, visit the Hearty Roots Farm website.

If you're not in the NY state area, Local Harvest is a great resource to help you find CSAs, farmers markets and similiar programs in your area.

Photo Credit: Staci Strauss

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