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Spring Has Sprung! Time to Sign Up for Your Annual CSA Box


Posted on March 20


It’s the first day of spring, and I can’t help but think ahead to the wonderful things that local farmers will be producing for us in the months to come. Now’s the time to consider signing up for an annual CSA box, so you can immerse yourself in the bounty of this upcoming season.

 

CSA, or community-supported agriculture, is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters, or subscribers, cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. The subscribers’ fees pay for things like seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance and labor. In return, the farm provides a supply of beautiful, seasonal fresh produce to the subscribers throughout the growing season. 

What to expect:
Once a week, the farm will assemble a sturdy box of a wide selection of produce for subscribers. In some cases, depending on the season and the farm’s crop availability, the farmer may purchase produce from other nearby growers to complement the CSA box selection. Each week the contents of the box will be a mystery to subscribers until it is opened – and that’s a big part of the fun. The program encourages subscribers to try fruits and vegetables, at their most seasonal and flavorful, that they may never have tasted. The box often contains recipes and information about the farm’s activities, and some CSA growers invite subscribers to special events several times a year.

The CSA boxes are usually delivered to a central neighborhood location so members can pick them up easily.

Here’s a handful of local farms offering CSA subscriptions:

Soil Born Farms
Sacramento
http://www.soilborn.org/csa.html

Del Rio Botanical
West Sacramento
http://www.delriobotanical.com

Farm Fresh to You
Capay, Yolo County
www.farmfreshtoyou.com

Full Belly Farm
Guinda, Yolo County
http://www.fullbellyfarm.com/csa.html

Good Humus produce
Capay, Yolo County
http://www.goodhumus.com/Pages/CSA.htm

Terra Firma Farms, Inc.
Winters, Yolo County
http://www.terrafirmafarm.com/about.html