One Way to Support Local Food: Community Supported Agriculture

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Assortment of fresh produce, carrots, beets, onionsIt is getting warmer, closer to summer. I’ve not planted any tomatoes yet, but I can almost taste them along with other summer veggies. My mouth is watering. How about you?

Not everyone has the time, energy, or interest to grow a garden, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a fresh, vine ripe tomato. McDowell County is fortunate to have farmers that will grow fresh fruits and vegetables, tend to livestock, and harvest honey. One way to support our local farms is through Community Supported Agriculture.

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Community Supported Agriculture is just that…a community that supports its agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a production and marketing model whereby consumers buy shares of a farm’s harvest in advance. Consumers become CSA members by paying an agreed amount at the beginning of the growing season. The annual cost depends on the length of the harvest season and the variety and quantity of products provided. In return for their membership fee, consumers receive a variety of freshly picked vegetables sustainably grown every week. Some CSAs also offer fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, dairy, cut flowers, and other products.

There are more benefits to a CSA than just food. You are supporting a group of farmers that utilize our natural resources to provide our community with fresh, quality food that your body deserves. By buying local, you also empower our community with a safe and secure food supply.

There are several opportunities to buy CSAs in our area. Many of them are taking orders now. Don’t delay, purchase a CSA today, and enjoy fresh produce this summer.