It's that wonderful time of year again when the days are long, the sun is getting hotter and we can all taste summer just around the corner. It's also that wonderful time of year again when you can book a share with a local Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program. If you're unfamiliar, CSAs are local farms that put together half or full shares of their in season produce, and drive it into the city for weekly pick up. Some farms even have meat, eggs or flower CSAs too! A CSA season typically begins in early July and runs for 14-16 weeks.
This year we have decided to go with Eagle Creek Farms. Eagle Creek Farms offers half or full share produce, eggs, flowers and fruit. We chose this particular farm because friends have used them for years, the weekly pick up is located within walking distance from our house and they allow us to pay in monthly instalments! I have also heard they have a sharing bin at pick up so if you're tired of receiving kale and someone isn't a fan of tomatoes you can swap in the sharing bin!
Some benefits from choosing a CSA are:
- Fresh, local produce!
- An opportunity to try new produce that you might not normally cook with such as kale, beets, or kohlrabi.
- Supporting a local business
- Getting an opportunity to visit the farm where your food is grown!
- It's better for the environment since your food isn't being shipped thousands of miles.
- Ensures that farmers receive a fair price for their services since there is no middle man!
- According to Civic Economics "$100 spent at local businesses, $68 returns to the community" that is huge, especially during our provincial economic times!
I encourage you to do some YYC CSA google searching to see what CSA programs are available near you this summer!