Tuesday, May 22, 2012

CSA - Special Veggie Unit

No, that wasn't a typo. Although, this being a web site about food and mystery, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the difference between CSI and CSA is a single letter.

A CSA, in case you don't know, stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a form of gambling, as are all forms of agriculture.

One locates a CSA member, one pays a lump sum up front (literal seed money), and one receives a share of the harvest. Sort of like sharecropping in reverse. The payoff usually begins in June, but we had a mild winter so ours has already begun.

We had some divine strawberries this month. We're getting kale, chard, broccoli, green onions and butterhead lettuce. All through the summer and into the fall, we'll have a variety of fruits, vegetables, fresh eggs and -- and this is the best part -- we know not what else. And so I bring the subject around to mystery. :)

If you live in the continental United States and you want to locate a CSA in your area (it might be too late to buy a share this year, but it might not be), visit the Community Supported Agriculture site. There's a search area in the right-hand sidebar.

If you live outside the continental United States and you know of a CSA site for your area, please leave the link in the comments for the benefit of future visitors.

Thanks!

Marian Allen
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