GO WITH THE GROW - Kearsarge Magazine - Spring 2008
If someone told you they had a way to help you make summer last longer - or at least to savor its progression in weekly stage - would you be curious to learn more?
An increasing number of people find that joining a new model of consumer and farmer partnership called community support agriculture (CSA) lets them do just that.
The basics of the CSA arrangement are simple: consumers sign up and pay in advance for a summer's worth of farm fresh product. Farmers have the benefit of knowing that some of their produce has already found a market.
Each week during the growing season, CSA members receive a variety of vegetables. The mix varies according to what's at its peak that week. The feast starts in June, with offerings such as spinach, kale, radishes, and baby lettuce, and progresses through the summer to include peas, summer squash, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant and corn, as well as others you may be less familiar with: cipollini onions, turnips and collards.
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