Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13: Calling All CSAs

From what I pick up ‘anecdotally’ there’s a sharp increase in interest in growing your own vegetables this spring. I’ve already been out in our new garden planting spring varieties and peering at mysterious bright green little leafy things popping up through the recent snowfalls.
But not everyone has the space or time to tend his or her own garden and in these cases CSAs may play a valuable role. As probably everyone in Ashland knows, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In my experience this has usually meant paying a farmer who lived near town a lump sum fee early in the spring and then receiving boxes or bags of food on a weekly basis during the growing season - perhaps not the ultimate picking your own veggies minutes before eating them but maybe the next best thing so far as freshness and ‘local’ is concerned - plus it’s supporting local growers.
So here’s a partial list of in-town or near-to-town CSAs. If you know of a CSA that’s not on the list, please send it to me and I’ll add it below.
Buon appetito!

- White Sage Gardens 488-7489
- The Village Farm 301 6447
- Garden Basket 201 0372
- Happy Dirt Veggie Patch 499-4903
- Meadowlark Family Farm 820-8182
- Barking Moon Farm 846-6297
- Fry Family Farm
- Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative
- Blue Fox Farm CSA (