What is a Harvest Box?
What if, instead of getting a news magazine every week,
you got a box of produce
from a farmer down the road. And what if that box would be filled with fruits and
vegetables, freshly picked , bursting with flavor and nutrition? That's what you
get when you subscribe
to a CSA.
(CSA) is also known as "subscription farming."
You buy a share, or subscription, from a local farmer just
like you buy a
subscription to your favorite magazine or newspaper. But instead of receiving a
magazine each week,
you receive a "share" of fresh, locally grown fruits and
While new in name, Community Supported Agriculture brings us back to an earlier
time; a time when people knew where their food came from, ate in harmony with the
seasons, and enjoyed a delicious,
healthy diet of pure, fresh foods.
season" is what CSAs are all about. The grocery store knows no seasons. Those
who must shop there lose touch with
nature. Sure, you can buy tomatoes in January-
but they will not taste as good as those picked ripe off the vine
in August. What
we have gained in convenience, we have lost in flavor,freshness, nutritional value,
connection-to each other and to the land.
you subscribe to a CSA, however, you remake all those connections.
Of course, you'll never get tomatoes in June. In June, your CSA share will be full
lettuce, cabbage, strawberries and other early-summer delights. When
August comes, then you will experience an explosion
of true tomato flavor with your
first bite of a juicy, just-picked, sun-ripened tomato- proving once again that some
things are worth waiting for!
don't so much "buy" food from particular farms as become "members"
of those farms. CSAs provide
more than just food, they offer ways for eaters to
become involved in the ecological and human community that supports