Community Supported Agriculture

Signing up for a CSA is a great way to support a local farm!

This summer, I participated in a CSA subscription. Basically, this is a bi-weekly delivery of freshly harvested, seasonal vegetables from a local farm. I chose Wild Earth Farms outside Winnipeg because I want to support someone close to where I live, and I’m also very particular about getting PESTICIDE FREE vegetables.

I went with the bi-weekly delivery because I knew that a weekly box would be just too much for us! I loved the fact that I was able to get to try some new foods, experiment with recipes, and increase my family’s summertime intake of vegetables. Most of us are wanting to increase our vegetable intake anyways, and what better way than to support a local farm?! Interestingly, you also end up spending less money on produce.

To be honest, I was surprised at HOW MANY VEGGIES I got each week. Sadly, yes, a few veggies went bad before I had the chance to use them. I used up tons of beets, potatoes, onions, peppers (so many varieties of peppers that I got to try!), garlic scapes, carrots, celery, kale, Swiss chard, squash, zucchini! I mean, the list goes on. I will definitely do this subscription again next summer!

Of course I do LOVE going to the farmer’s market too! It’s a fun Saturday morning activity, but I find that it adds up quick. I highly recommend the CSA, but hitting up a farmer’s market is a great option if you feel like a CSA subscription will be just too many veggies for you! You could even consider splitting a subscription with a friend or family member.