The Gift of CSA Membership
The first real snow is finally on the ground here in central Ohio. It might be hard to think about summer produce but that's just what small farmers are doing.
Several farmers offering Community Support Agriculture (CSA) shares already have their 2010 signups available. At least one is offering discounts for those who register and pay before December 31. Others have deadlines in early 2010.
What is so wonderful about giving a CSA membership to yourself or someone special? You are giving:
- The freshest farm produce all season long
- Freedom from standing in long farmer's market lines
- A diversity of crops that benefits the whole ecosystem
- A small farmer work, doing something they love
- Contributions directly to the local economy
- Healthy additions to meals
- Thought and concern for the recipient and the environment
Below is the most complete list I could gather of central Ohio CSA signups currently available. Readers in other cities can search Local Harvest for a CSA local to them.
Wayward Seed - very early bird discount before Dec 31, early bird discount ends Feb 28. We just sent in our registration for the fruit portion of the Wayward Seed CSA.
Sippel Family Farm currently adding people to their waitlist
Greener Grocer only winter signup is available at this writing but 2010 coming soon
Toad Hill Organic Farm 2010 coming soon
New Century offering fruit and beef packages for 2010
Green Edge Gardens only winter signup is available at this writing; 2010 coming soon
Frijolito Farm chicken, eggs and bread available in addition to produce
Elizabeth Telling Farm shares include eggs
Paige's Produce egg and fruit shares available in addition to vegetable
Please comment with any additions, corrections, or questions about CSAs.