Pick of the Month Newsletter – January 2017
Would you like fresh, healthy and local food directly from the farm? Would you like a personal relationship with a local farmer? Check out the Minnesota Grown Directory to find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near you! A CSA farm sells subscriptions or memberships to consumers who pay upfront for a share of fresh produce. The cost of a membership can vary depending on the product. This Minnesota Grown produce can be delivered or picked up once per week for an indicated amount of time.
Most CSA farms have a limited number of shares or memberships to sell. They are usually sold in winter and early spring! James Bauman of Farm Fresh CSA in Delano, Minnesota told us that joining CSA farms in January is ideal because it ensures a spot for a subscription later in the year!
Joining a CSA has many benefits! While providing a source to try new local foods, CSA farms promote adventurous cooking! Try a new recipe to spice up a weeknight meal! There is a shared risk to CSA farms. The producer can only supply what is produced, therefore weather can be a factor in amount of product available. Be sure to keep in contact with the farmer to see how the crop is progressing!
Still have questions or want to know what to expect when you join a farm? Check out the Minnesota Grown CSA page or the video below!