With snow blanketing the ground, the last thing most of us are thinking about right now is where to find fresh spring produce, but if you’re interested in joining a CSA this year, now is the time to start thinking about it!
What’s a CSA?
To start, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA, a farmer offers a certain number of shares to the public. A share is usually a box of seasonal produce, but sometimes meat and dairy are included as well. Usually you pay up front at the beginning of the season, and then you can pick up local seasonal produce all summer long.
Prices vary, and sometimes you can work off a portion of your share by volunteering your time working on the farm. You generally pick up your shares at the farm on a designated day each week.
Because the CSA depends on the contributions of its members for funding, and because they often fill up fast, now is the time to apply to the CSA of your choice.
We have a whole list of local CSAs on Eat Local Philly. You can use the drop down menu to search for CSAs by county.
Do you have a favorite local CSA? I’d love to hear about it. If you know of one that is not yet listed on Eat Local Philly, please consider making a submission.