Buy local, organic food — sign up with a farm and join a CSA

By Michele Chan Santos
Green Right Now

If you’ve ever considered joining a CSA, a community-supported agriculture group, now is the time to do it. A CSA is an arrangement where people subscribe to get a weekly or bi-weekly basket or box of produce from a local farmer. January, February and March is the time when many farms encourage people to sign up to receive produce through the spring, summer and fall.

A box of locally-grown vegetables and fruit might seem like a simple thing, but CSA members say becoming a “member” or “sharer” in these farms has transformed what they and their families eat, making them more aware of their food, more connected to the process of growing and cooking, and improving their overall health. You can find the CSA nearest you at Local Harvest; enter your zip code to locate a nearby farm.