What is CSA Day? It’s the most popular day nationwide that individuals sign up for a CSA. To celebrate, we’re going to be at Oneida Market on Friday at a CSA expo. They’ll have samples of chicken soup featuring Kellner Back Acre Garden’s organic chickens. Meet your farmer, Nancy Kellner, ask questions, and sign up for our CSA! We’ll have prizes for those that sign up and we’re doing a drawing for a free egg share for all those who sign up and pay in February.
Unclear what a CSA is or why you should join? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a personal relationship between a farmer and eater. You join the farm as a member and you get a box of food from the farm throughout the growing season. The CSA charter describes this relationship well.
As our culture and economy becomes more homogenized and centralized, CSA is the opposite. It is about a personal relationship between a farmer and the CSA members. It is an intimate connection between local farmland and your dinner table.
You get the freshest possible ingredients from a farmer that you know and the farm gets advance knowledge of demand so he or she can focus on growing healthy food and getting the food to you.
In world of intractable problems – take your pick: political and economic instability, nuclear weapons, global warming, and on and on – joining a CSA is a positive act that you can take today that has profound impacts on your health, your local economy, and the environment.
CSA farmers spend money with other local businesses which circulates money in our local economies. CSA farmers take care of their land. CSA farmers treat their employees well. You know all this because you can go visit your CSA farmer and see for yourself. CSA keeps small scale, local farms in business so they can continue producing food for you.
To be frank, joining a CSA is not the easiest path to eating healthy. You can continue to shop at the grocery store and maybe visit the farmers market a few times throughout the season. However, joining a CSA puts you in partnership with a local farmer. A CSA membership enriches your life with high quality food as you spend your food dollars in a way that you will feel good about.
The investment you make in your CSA farm is modest. Our CSA is $22.22/week (as compared to the average at $25/week). That’s probably less than your cable bill and less than your cell phone bill — for food grown with care in local soil and delivered directly to your neighborhood! There is some up-front investment, though we offer the option to pay 1/2 now and the remaining 1/2 right before the season begins.
Thank you for supporting local farms and making the commitment to a CSA share. Your support makes all the difference and keeps our farm running.