A great friend of ours introduced a community farm, member of Community supported Agriculture (CSA) to us last Thanksgiving. After looking at their website, we instantly agreed to become a "share holder" of their farm.
"In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing." -USDA
We kept getting updates about the farm progression since then, and had been excited for the local, organic veggies we would get. In a year, we'll get veggie supplies for at least 30 weeks. I've been excited. I'll be vegetables that are not common for me. Hence I have to learn new stuffs and new recipes. Turnip, nappa cabbage, mung bean sprout and bok choy won't be the main green supplies nourish our body. By supporting CSA, we are not only supporting local farmers and local economy, but also making better choice for our health by consuming no-pesticide food. For global scale, supporting local product also decreasing demands of long-travel food, which mean less need of gas, less pollution, better environment.
Finally, today was the first day. We picked our friends house as our pick-up place. From now on that place will be our Saturday morning destination. Expectedly, we got a box of vegetables that some of them I had never seen before. We were excited. We just finished our yummy first salad made out of local and organic veggie from a farm we support.
Are there local farmers around your place? They may need your support.