I just signed up for my first CSA!
I'm preaching to the choir, but in case you don't know, CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture.
What it means is that you pay a farm up front for a share of the growing season's vegetables. Once the vegetables start producing, the farm delivers their goods (usually once a week) to a venue for you to pick up your share.
Why am I late to the CSA party?
I lived alone before, and even a half share (a smaller amount of vegetables weekly) would have been too much produce for me to consume. Now I share a house with another mouth.
I was also hesitant to join a CSA because none of the pickup spots were convenient for me. But now there is a convenient pickup spot — Grindcore House in Pennsport!
Grindcore House, the vegan coffee shop in Pennsport at 4th and Greenwich St., is partnering with Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA to be one of many pickup spots.
This year, the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA lasts 25 weeks. A full share (7-12 portions of produce) is $700. A half share (4-9 portions of produce) is $425. That works out to $28 per week for a full share, and $17 per week for a half share of fresh, local, organic veggies.
The blog Goodbye Texas, Hello PA did a wonderful job photographing their weekly hauls from the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA last year, if you're curious about what to expect.
I just filled out my application for the CSA, but there needs to be 20 people signed up for a pickup location in order for it to be a go. (Update: Grindcore House reports that at least 20 people have already signed up!)
So, if you're in the neighborhood, I encourage you to sign up for a Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA pickup at Grindcore House (their pickup location on the online CSA application drop-down menu is "Pennsport") so I — and you! — can finally get on the bandwagon.
Not in my neighborhood? Lancaster Farm Fresh has 53 pickup locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.