Here in Lancaster County, we take for granted the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available to us throughout the growing season. It’s not always easy to get such fresh produce in other parts of the country, and even if it’s fresh, it’s not always local. Local food is great for many reasons, but especially because it improves our health and nutrition, allows us to support family farms and decreases the environmental impact of transporting foods.
One of the best ways to acquire this fresh, local produce is to join a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs are mutually beneficial to the farmer and the member. Each member buys a share of the season’s harvest at the beginning of the season, when farmers up front costs are high. Then, throughout the growing season, members enjoy weekly bundles of local, in season, fruits and vegetables at the height of freshness and nutrition. In this way, everyone shares in the bountiful harvest.
Here are Farm Fromage, we are happy to be associated with three different CSAs. Members of the Barefoot Organic Farm and Buckhill Farm CSAs can purchase our cheeses through the farms and pick them up with their weekly produce. We also occasionally offer our cheeses through Lancaster Organics seasonal bundles, which are great for people who enjoy the convenience and variety of a CSA membership, but don’t want to commit to receiving a bundle every week.
In the spirit of our affinity for CSAs, we’d love to know if a Farm Fromage Cheese of the Month Club would interest you? Leave us a comment and let us know!