The average item of food in America travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.
Here’s how a CSA works:
When you join a CSA, you purchase a weekly share of fresh produce grown on a local farm. Typically, you’ll pay a one-time fee for the entire season. That upfront payment helps farmers cover their operating costs.
Then, you pick up your share of fresh fruit and vegetables every week at a designated location near your home or work. Some CSAs will even offer the option to add eggs, dairy, meat, homemade bread, flowers and other products to your weekly share.
A full share in a CSA can usually feed a family of four. If that’s more than you need, see if your CSA offers smaller shares. You could even split a share with friends or coworkers. You’ll save money in the process and keep excess food from going to waste.
Hear from a local Maryland farm about the mutual benefits of a CSA:
- To find a CSA near you, visit localharvest.org.
- Cook’s Illustrated offers a helpful list of kitchen essentials for prepping and storing your CSA goods.
- Check out author Michael Pollan’s video on the environmental benefits of eating local.