Spring is in the air, crocus leaves are peeking out of the soil, fresh greens are starting to become available at the farmers market… AND CSAs have started sign-up customers for the season.
What is a CSA you ask? Well, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system through which customers sign up for a share in the farm at the beginning of the season, and receive a weekly (generally) basket of food from the farm. Boxes vary depending on the season. While most CSAs in Nova Scotia are for vegetables and fruit, there are some people doing meat, fish, bread and full meal CSAs.
It’s a win-win situation. Farmers have a set customer base, so they know how much to plant and harvest, and they receive payment at the beginning of the season when they are ordering seeds and other supplies. Customers benefit by receiving fresh, delicious food from a farmer they know and trust, delivered to a central pick-up point. Some offices, businesses and organizations serve as pick up locations for CSAs. Talk to your co-workers or neighbours. With enough people, some farmers may consider adding a pick up location to their route.
Check out the ACORN database to search for a listing of CSAs in the Maritimes.
If you are already part of a CSA, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below. And if you want to join a CSA, but still have some questions, feel free to ask and we’ll do our best to help answer them.