(Or, another way to get your vegetables besides the grocery store)
Community supported agriculture, also known as CSA farms, aspire to farm in ways that are environmentally ethical, strengthen local economies, build relationships between farmers and customers, and provide the freshest, healthiest produce possible.
Here’s how it works: Customers buy a share of the crops at the beginning of the year and receive their produce weekly during harvest season. In this manner, the farmer and consumer share in the risks and rewards that are inherent in farming.
For instance, 2017 in this region had a long, wet spring and late, dry summer. These conditions were perfect for winter squash, and CSA members could order bulk quantities of squash at a reduced price to be eating butternut squash (which store for a very long time) well into the winter. However that cool, wet spring also brought on diseases for the dry weather loving pepper plants leaving lower than usual harvest numbers for most of the summer, so these would not be as plentifully available for bulk ordering. Because each year is different in farming, I am reminded that no matter how technologically advanced we become, we are part of a system of complex interactions with the environment that we will never control. It’s humbling and it’s also a lot of fun.
I am thrilled to be starting a very small farm so that I can really focus on growing what the members of the CSA desire. Whereas most CSA farms provide weekly boxes that contain a pre-chosen selection of the farm’s available vegetables, I want to combine the structure of the farmers market with the CSA box to provide vegetables available each week containing only the items you desire and will actually eat. More information on the specifics of signing up for the Red Fox Farm CSA can be found here. I’ve come to know so many delicious varieties of each vegetable in my time farming and I can’t wait to share them with you and simultaneously try out even more!