Jeff mentioned the other day about preserving food without canning. Something about how they liked to make jam, but not eat it.
It reminded me: I need to join a CSA this year! So, thanks, Jeff, for kicking me!
CSAs, at a Glance
CSA stands for community supported agriculture, and it’s basically like buying shares in a company, only these shares are edible. You give the farmer x dollars for the season, and they are buoyed by the early support (winter is a lean time for farmers) and assume some of the risk. In other words, you don’t get your money back if the strawberries fail. This helps the farmer innovate — they’ll try out new crops when money is a sure thing.
And it’s cool for the consumer, too.
We all need more vegetables in our lives. Yes, even you. But sometimes we need a trick to make sure we’re eating super local, in-season produce all throughout the growing season.
That’s where the CSA comes in. I did some research and ended up signing up with Winter Green Farm. I’m splitting with a coworker, so for $267.50, I get fresh vegetables and fruit for 19 weeks of the growing season, with the option to extend, for extra money, later this year.
Then, just because I couldn’t resist, I joined a berry-only CSA. That means, for ten glorious weeks, I’ll be getting two full pints of fresh berries! The farm told me that was usually just an add-on, but since I was at least getting a veggie share from somewhere, they’d let me have berries only, which is good, because I don’t want to share with my coworker. And she doesn’t like berries anyway.
Updated to add: if you want to look for a CSA in your area, go to Local Harvest. It’s an ugly site, but it’s effective, and it’s where I found mine.
In Other News — New logo!
Those of you who read on your phones might not have noticed yet, but I made a new logo and changed the look of Frugal Portland, again. Now you can always see my face (lucky you!) and the new cute logo I made (with serious style tips from Shannyn!).
It was inspired by this sign:
And here’s my rendition:
I like it a lot! I also like playing around with logos, though, so I can’t guarantee this one will be around forever, but definitely for now.
Things just got a lot more girly up in here.
I’m really excited about the CSA. I skipped it last year, because the year before, my coworker and I split it and I was out-of-town too much to enjoy it (and we also got two pounds of potatoes a week — who can eat that many?) and I thought I’d just go to the farmers market more. I did, but I don’t think I ate as many farm fresh vegetables as I could have.
This year, though, I set it up so that I was picking up my share directly from the farmers market. The farmers market is a really fun place to people watch, as well as buy food directly from the producer. I don’t get there as often as I’d like. Not anymore! Now I have to go, even just to get my CSA share.Would you join a CSA? Have you done them before?