Sunday, June 27, 2010

Know Your Farmer

I have been interested in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for some time now. In Portland there were dozens of CSA's from which we could choose. We paid $16 a week and got a HUGE box of organic produce a week. Our money went straight into the farmer's pocket and we got great vegetables at a great price.

Now that we live in Texas the CSA's are few and far between. However, a few months ago I discovered This company is based in Austin but delivers to San Antonio. They partner with area farmers, bread makers, dairies, hatcheries, etc. to provide fresh, local, and organic groceries. The prices are higher than standard grocery stores BUT the quality is better and the farmers get paid much better.

Last week I started reading Wendell Berry and realized that it is TIME to start knowing where my food comes from. More will come on Berry and my convictions later. I finally decided to give a try. We simply go to the website, order whatever we want ($25 minimum), and they deliver the next Thursday. Currently we order a local produce box and a farmstead box (cheese, bread, and other local non-produce available at the time). I'll send pictures when we get our "crops" in. Meanwhile, check out this video from one of the farmers that we support.


Adrian said...

Coby, that's really cool! I would love to hear what you think of it once you get your shipment. I think Cally and I would like to try something like this.

Coby said...

Will do bro!

dgerm said...

let's keep talking about this, wendell berry, and growing stuff in our yards. that class i took really solidified my convictions about food, but doing it/processing those thoughts with others it huge. thanks for this post!