How can you plan ahead to make sure your family has a guaranteed healthy food supply for the remainder of 2020 ?
The supermarket has now become a place where people have to deal with lines, out-of stock merchandise and concerns over safety issues.
In these uncertain times, people want to know they will have food on the table, where it is coming from and that they are doing as much as they can to keep their family healthy.
Many are now turning to getting their food directly from the farmer by joining CSA’s. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” .Members purchase a “crop share” during the winter and early spring before the season begins directly from a local farm . Then, throughout the growing season, share members come weekly to pick up their already-paid-for shares of just-harvested fresh organic vegetables at a predetermined location close to their homes. Shareholders financially support the farmer in advance to grow fresh organic vegetables for them in the upcoming growing season. There are no wholesalers or distributors involved in the process. 100% of their food dollars goes to the person who is growing it. It is a farm share. A local CSA offers a certain number of “shares” to CSA members.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING A CSA
Some people participate for amazingly fresh food, others enjoy the connection to local farmers. Others want to support their local food system and are looking for a simple one-stop way to do so. Many families have taken the pledge to do whatever they can to ensure their families stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It takes the stress out of the shopping process,allows neighbors to join together to help their community and gives people a sense of control, knowing that there will be enough food for their family to enjoy.
The vegetables are more vibrant looking than what you would find in a supermarket, spent less time in a truck being transported across the country, better tasting, fresher, higher quality and more nutritious. Essentially a better buy for your pocketbook.
Here in Monmouth county we have several that serve the area.