During the spring and summer in Northern Virginia most residents think that the local farmers market are the only way to enjoy great produce and baked goods.
However for some of us we know there is a way to have farm fresh produce, eggs, meat, cheese, meet and even organic wine delivered to our door or a convenient pick up spot. For those who aren't familiar with the term Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) it is a way for anyone to support local farmers by buying directly from a farmer. You buy a "share" of the farm and in return every week a box of fresh food is available for shareholders.
Each week most farms will post a "what's in the box" list so that you will know what to expect. The food is seasonal and you aren't restricted to just spring and summer. Many CSA's also have fall and winter boxes as well. Our family enjoys year round deliveries and even my daughter who lives in the UK has organic food delivered to her home from local farmers.
Touring local farms that participate is a great way to introduce children to how food is grown and a chance for adults to talk directly to very passionate small farmers. The benefits to the farmers are financial support for their farm and the chance to get their food out of the field and on your table while it is at its peak.
If you are interested in buying local and supporting local farmers then consider buying a share in a Virginia CSA. You can find a great list of CSA's in VA and anywhere in the country at the Local Harvest website. Since the spring season is well underway most farms are already sold out of their shares for the summer season but you can get on the list for the fall in some locations.
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