OK, let’s be real… I’m not exactly the farming type (see my recent shoe shopping experience if you don’t believe me). But, four years ago I joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program through Roxbury Farm in upstate NY. A CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. Once a week for 23 weeks from June through November, I pick up my share of that weeks veggies right in my Manhattan neighborhood and then the remaining shares are donated to a local food bank.
Roxbury costs $595 for 23 weeks ($26/week) and it’s often all I need for the week (particulary in July, August, September). They also have fruit and meat shares, provide recipes and storage tips, and a weekly newsletter about the farm goings-on.
CSA’s like this exist all across the country (and there are several throughout NYC). Many have already started their sign-ups, or will shortly, and they sell out quickly… so click here to find one near you, become a “farmer,” and let’s start dreaming about the summer because this 15 degree weather sucks.