A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a sort of cooperative. Most CSA farmers prefer that members procure the season up-front, but some farmers will settle for weekly or monthly payments. The growing season usually runs from late spring through early fall.
In March, my husband and I joined Honey Brook Organic Farm, one in every of the oldest operating organic farms in New Jersey. Every member is assigned a pick-up day to make sure that there is steady, manageable traffic flow out and in of the farm and it conjointly helps the farm maintain a balanced harvest schedule.
At this CSA, some of the things are harvested daily by the farm staff and are waiting for you once you arrive. I was amazed at how sturdy the harvest calendar was, including lettuce, collards, kale, and summer squash in June, basil, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes in July and cilantro, eggplant and watermelon in August. We have a tendency to required to pick part of our bounty ourselves. Crops obtainable at this farm on a choose your own basis embrace: strawberries, raspberries, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, flowers, snap beans, edamane soybeans and herbs.
On our first scheduled pick up day, I left my workplace to fulfill my husband at the farm. There is no better means to spend a stunning summer afternoon then choosing contemporary strawberries. Every with a quart sized basket, my husband and I set to work choosing the largest, ripest berries we have a tendency to might find. Chandler strawberry plants are very in style with growers because of their high yield, good fruit color, and wonderful flavor. These were no exception! Unable to resist a taste, I popped a juicy berry in my mouth. Warm from the sun, it was unbelievably sweet.
Since the nutritional value of produce declines whereas on supermarket shelves, enjoying the freshest produce offered throughout the summer months is additional than simply a delicious treat. Youngsters are ready to meet the farmers who grow their food and have the precious experience of choosing it themselves.