Saturday, March 31, 2012

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers strengthening the farms of Western North Carolina

Have you ever wanted to try a CSA or wondered how this easy way to regularly get fresh products from the farm works?

A CSA also indicates to a group or association of individuals who have promised to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, as well, depending on the farm.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) keeps an updated list of which farms offer a CSA and what products they raise. Each farm may have slightly different rules to how their CSA works, so be sure to ask.

To see list from ASAP of regional farms offering CSAs, click here.

This can be a great way to source local products during the year or to suppliment your trips to the Farmers' and Tailgate Markets in the area.

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