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>Community Supported Agriculture: Helping consumers get fresh produce, boost N.J. farms

>Community Supported Agriculture: Helping consumers get fresh produce, boost N.J. farms
Tuesday, April 10, 2012    BY KARA YORIO
STAFF WRITER
The Record

Many of us want the healthiest produce and to support local farmers.

Making that happen isn’t always easy or convenient.

If your town has a farmers’ market, you have to be available to shop on the day it’s scheduled and often deal with a large crowd; going to a farm to pick your own is fun one week — not every week.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to make this a more realistic goal. Membership shares can be purchased for weekly portions of the crop from a local farm, and now is the time to sign up to enjoy locally grown food from late spring to fall. Typically, shares consist of vegetables and perhaps fresh herbs, but fruit and eggs, poultry and cheese are also available depending on the farm.

A CSA PRIMER

    CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
    A CSA allows people to buy local, seasonal food directly from an area farm.
    Members buy a share or subscription for the season and pick up their weekly allotment from the farm or another location.
    Shareholders get what is grown. Don’t like beets? You’re still getting beets if that’s the farmer’s current crop.
    There are risks. Like the farmers, CSA participants are at the whim of the weather. (Just ask any farmer or local CSA member about last summer.)

— Kara Yorio

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