What is even better than the Farmers market? Fresh fruits and veggies at your door! Here are some local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs:
You can choose weekly delivery or every other week. If you pay in full and get 52 weeks it is less than $800 for the year to always have fresh, local organic produce in your fridge! WE works with Catalan Family Farms, which is owned by Maria Catalan, the first woman in California to own her own organic farm. Maria is an advocate for immigrant farmers and is a huge promoter of organics. She collaborates with organizations that work to empower agricultural workers and small organic farms. Her farm is located in Hollister, CA. http://www.wecooperative.com
CSA Details: Season is February through November. Full Share: $25 a week. Half Share: $15 a week. Both have the option of an additional $12 subscription to local goods which could include eggs, bread, olive oil, honey, sea salt, granola and many other items. A goods subscription consists of at least two items a week.
Live Earth Farms (LEF)
The LEF CSA has nearly 50 pick-up locations from San Francisco in the north to as far south as Carmel. There are three share sizes to choose from, plus the opportunity for additional “options” such as Extra Fruit, Pastured Eggs, and Bread. A new member online Web Store features local products to compliment your weekly box of produce. The farm operates year-round with a 33 week “Regular Season” from April to November and a “Winter Season” from December through February. With lots of pick-up locations, you should be able to find one near you! New locations are occasionally added, so please visit the website (www.liveearthfarm.net) for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, and to sign up!
CSA Details: Season is February through November. Full Share: Small box $20/week. Family box $30/week (available after April only). Small boxes are 7 to 9 items a week, family boxes are 10-12 items a week. Starting in April, LEF tries to make all boxes ½ fruit and ½ vegetables.
Serendipity Farms is now taking subscriptions for the 2011 season for weekly shares of certified organic vegetables, fruit and flowers. You get a weekly box of fabulous produce all grown in Carmel and Carmel Valley, with convenient pick up locations throughout Monterey County. Every week’s box is unique- it has at least one new weekly item and a generous mix of seasonal vegetables and herbs. One box size typically feeds 2-4 people for a week, depending on how much of your diet is produce. Other benefits include a weekly farm newsletter with nutrition information, a list of the weekly produce and recipes, as well as two seasonal farm tours with samplings of our delicious produce prepared by our local chef friends. http://serendipity-organic-farm.com/
CSA Details: Season is March through November. Full Share: $25 per week, minimum 12 weeks commitment. 10% off when you sign up for the entire season. Add flowers for an additional $7 per week.
Volunteering is another great way to get connected with the foods we are eating and the system as a whole. Alba Farm is a good place to start. You can support Alba in its mission to advance family farm viability and healthy local food systems, brush up on your gardening skills, and get to know your local farmers. http://www.albafarmers.org/alba_organics.html
Farm work – weeding, planting, harvesting (and a little bit of tasting)
Conservation & Land Stewardship – planting, landscaping, data collection, weeding Requirements:
Flexibility and a good attitude!
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