Welcome ’round the table, friends! Please load up your plate with pesto-drenched pasta, fresh salad, and kale-potato-tomato frittata, because lord knows there’re scads of veggies in the fridge!
CSAs are programs where you pay a farm up front for a season’s worth of food, and then pick up a share of the farm’s produce each week. “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is to say you can feel good about supporting a farm in your community. More to the point, on this Thrifty Thursday, CSAs often save you money over the price of store-bought produce.
Each CSA is unique, so it’s very important to choose one that will suit your needs. Word of mouth is the best way to find a good, satisfying, reliable CSA. If you don’t know anyone who’s already signed up, try localharvest.org, and don’t be shy about asking prospective farms about what you should expect. For more advice, check out “CSA The Right Way” from Vegetarian Times.
A CSA can be an adventure, since you might get veggies you’ve never tried before, and more veggies than you’re used to eating. But they are a rockin’ way to get good, often organic, produce at a potentially deep discount. Lots of farms are still accepting entries for summer shares, but time’s awastin’, so check out a CSA near you and get some high-quality yet budget-friendly food in your belly!