Do the grey winter days have you dreaming about the greens of spring and summer? Why not ensure a steady supply of those greens (as well as lots of other delicious produce, meats and even flowers) by investing in a local CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is essentially a partnership between growers and eaters. By purchasing a CSA “share”, eaters enter an agreement with farmers who then supply them with a season’s worth of vegetables — with a full share usually feeding a family of four. Many farms also supplement with farm-gate sales of meats or items like home-made jams and salsas. Typically, some or all of the cost of the subscription is paid up front, which helps the farmer with financing for the year. It also provides a secure market, allowing farmers to do what they do best — grow nutritious, great-tasting food. In Lanark County, many farms (such as the ones listed below) begin selling CSA shares as early as January, so contact them early to reserve your spot!
Here’s a list of the farms that can be found on page 15 of the February issue of theHumm:
Bluegrass Farm Winter CSA, in Jasper
Goodwoods Farm, in Smith Falls
Lanark Highlands Grass Fed Beef, in Lanark Highlands
Miller’s Bay Farm, in Lombardy
Rock-N-Horse Farm, in Almonte
Saffire Farms, in Almonte
Seanic Farms, in Smiths Falls
Stony Brae Farm, in Perth
Sylvia’s Plant Place, in Perth
Two Rivers Local Food Basket, in Smiths Falls