CSA* season is upon us! Here at GRACE, two coworkers and I are splitting a share from the 14th Street Y CSA. The vegetables are delicious – and quite photogenic – so we decided to document the weekly bounty. Check back throughout the season for photos of our veggies and stories about the experience.
*Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between communities and farmers that enables food eaters to help support food producers. Basically, CSA members purchase a CSA share from a farm at the beginning of the season, and in return receive regular installments of produce (and in some cases, meat, eggs and/or dairy) for the duration of the season. It’s kind of like buying stock – but with edible dividends.
CSAs are a great way to support small independent farms since they provide the farmer with upfront capital to handle early-season expenses (e.g., seed, equipment, labor, etc.), create a stable demand for his/her products and allow the community to share the potential risks and benefits of agriculture with the farmer. Learn more about CSAs at Sustainable Table.
Are you a CSA member with photos and/or recipes to share? We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "CSA."