The start of the CSA season is a very exciting time here at 47 Daisies. We have been preparing for this day for many months and it has finally arrived. These first few pickups will be loaded with fresh cool weather crops. What are some highlights......turnips or rutabagas, collards, lettuce, lettuce heads, radishes, fennel, spinach, white satin carrots and new potatoes along with some fresh dill and cilantro for your flavoring pleasure.
Not familiar with the CSA (Community supported agriculture) concept? Our members pay a fee up front at the beginning of the season and in return receive 20 weeks of fresh produce throughout the growing season. This concept is not new. It has been around for a long time in other countries and really started to take hold in the United States in the late 80's and 90's. The beauty of a CSA is we start to think about eating seasonally. Since the advent of produce shipping (from far distant places) and grocery stores we as Americans have become spoiled and become detached from what is growing in any given season in our local climate. We have become accustomed to being able to buy a tomato at any time of year......whatever the costs of that tomato might be (environmental or financial).
The CSA model also provides a connection to the farm where your food is produced and the farmer who is growing it. It provides a sense of accountability to our food system that doesn't exist at the grocery store. You know exactly where your food came from, the soil it grew in, the practices that is was grown with and maybe most importantly......WHO grew it.
We will keep you informed as to how the CSA is going on a weekly basis through blogs. You can also view the weekly CSA newsletter on the "CSA" page of our website by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. Let us know if you have any questions or would like to be added to our waiting list.
--Dylan and Harmony
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )