You’ve heard the acronym thrown around at farmers’ markets by devoted foodies. Perhaps you have conjured some ideas about what a “CSA share” actually means. For some of you, this is the first time you’ve ever seen the letters together (don’t worry). Allow us to demystify any confusion.
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture,” and they have grown in popularity in an effort to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer. Essentially, a CSA is a trust pact between a farmer and a buyer, whereby the buyer purchases a share in a farm’s harvest. The money from each share serves as pre-season capital for the farmer. The buyer is guaranteed a bag of produce* weekly or bi-weekly. The trust factor becomes important when weather is factored in. Favorable weather one week? Likely a bigger, more diverse bag of produce. Mid-July in a drought (2012, anyone?)? Lots of tomatoes, folks. Either way, both parties have worked to mutually benefit the other.
Regardless the yield, understanding where your food is coming from, who grew it, and which chemicals were used to cultivate it is of growing interest to the American public. After all, isn’t there something more romantic about an apple with a few spots on it than a glossy green apple big enough for two?
Click here for a comprehensive database of Central Ohio CSA farms.
*Loosely defined as vegetables, fruits, bread, cottage foods (jam, honey, popcorn. . .), coffee, etc.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 | 5:30–7:00PM
Wexner Center Lower Lobby
Jaime Moore of Wayward Seed Farm will be on hand before tonight’s Field & Screen film to chat with guests about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and plans for the 2011 season at the Market at 15th & High on the Wexner Center Plaza.
If you are farmer offering a CSA, a vendor at a Columbus area farmers’ market or a market representative come out to this event for some quality networking with other supporters of local food.
A guy in Brooklyn needed more fresh veggies in his diet, but had no land to garden. So he turned the bed of his pickup truck into a garden and ran a CSA where he drove right to the members and harvested on site. He made a documentary with music written for the film. Wonderfully entertaining.
A Wicked Delicate Film and Food Project
Hello to people who like to eat. Tis the season to be full. Gardens are turning green all over. And more are being started every day. 4 Seasons City Farm has been harvesting leafy greens for several weeks now. We’ve supplied several local community feeds with some scrumptious salads. Cafe Bella reports having delivered over 700 potted and assorted greens collections to their host pantry. Frijolito farms is getting out their CSA shares for the first time. As well as the dozen or so other CSA farmers in central Ohio. The Slow Food Columbus people just started a registry for anyone and any organization to list with. This is in anticipation of having a Food Summit for active discussion of all things food in Columbus. Morpse has hired a farmland preservation consultant, Brian Williams, to work with them and the Governor’s food policy group in developing a really comprehensive plan for this region. It’s a really exciting time for all concerned. Please leave a comment here for any ideas you would like to see fleshed out in future articles. Bon Apitite, kareng
Frijolito Farm is offering a CSA this year running from the beginning of June through the middle of November. Vegetables, eggs, chicken, bread, sweets, and a limited selection of fruits will be available. For full details and to order online, visit the CSA page at frijolitofarm.com
Notice of upcoming meet and greet. Several local farmers who offer CSA’s will be meeting at the Tehku (hope I spelled that right) Tea house on thurs dec 18th @4-6 Just off 161 in downtown Dublin. call to confirm.
55 S High St
Dublin, OH 43017
by Karen G.