Isn’t it funny how things just work out sometimes? Less than two weeks ago we were talking about how great it would be to support a local farm and become a pick-up location for a local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture). Wouldn’t you know a few days later a customer came in the shop and mentioned that she and her husband run a small farm down the road and asked if we’d like to be a pick up site for their CSA. Some things are just meant to be!
Batten Bay Farm Tour
In case you’re new to the concept, a CSA is a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. You purchase a subscription and in return receive a portion of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
We’re partnering with Batten Bay Farm to provide a pick up site for folks who subscribe to their CSA. Pick ups will be each Thursday beginning the first week of June and running through mid-November. Pick up time is anywhere between 10am-5pm each Thursday at A. Dodson’s. If you’d like to join, just complete the Agreement Form.
A Full Share ($600) should be enough for 2 adults and 2 children and a Half Share ($375) should be enough for 2 adults. This covers 22 weeks of produce. So it’s really only $27 or $18 per week respectively for locally grown, fresh picked, produce grown to organic standards.
There are so many benefits to buy local food. Here are three. Can you name more?
- Locally grown food tastes better: Usually picked within 24 hours, it’s crisp, sweet and loaded with more flavor than produce flown or trucked in from California, Florida or Mexico.
- Local food supports local farm families: With fewer than 1 million Americans now claiming farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed.
- Local food keeps your taxes in check: Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes, according to several studies.
The list goes on… what can you think of?