Don’t Miss Your CSA Sign-Up !

CSA you say…what is that ?  It stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

QKALAKECSAIt is a community effort of families and individuals to bring healthy, and locally produced farm fresh food to the table.  Members have a share in the produce that is grown.  I have belonged to the Keuka Lake CSA and membership is $500.00 per year. This allows me one share per week.

Every week different crops are available and are picked up at one of the participating farms.  In the Spring it starts out with asparagus and rhubarb May/June to winter squash in the Fall.  Usually when you pick up your vegetables, folks have recipes available for the produce you are picking up, to make the most of your fruits and vegetables.aparagus_rhubarb_sign When you sign up,you are given the names of the farms involved in the CSA.   Almost all farms involved in CSA’s grown their produce organically.

CSAs benefit the farmers as well as the community share member.  For the farmers, they know in advance what they need to grow for the share supply and they have upfront money to purchase their seeds.  The consumer is guaranteed fresh and healthy produce every week and every week the produce is a little different. These programs are a huge win/win for all involved.  New relationships are developed between the shareholders and the farmers.

These types of community efforts are also part of the reasons that folks from other areas want to purchase real estate here.  A little way of being green.

If you are interested in eating healthy and would like to be an integral part of your community and its efforts to support local farming, CSAs are fo you. Contact one of the local CSAs in your area now, since most are going through their sign up periods.  If you miss out on the deadline for your area, you can still inquire into the farms that are supporting the effort.  They may have additional produce to be purchased for non-shareholders.  This is a program that will make you feel good in many ways !

This information brought to you by Mary St. George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living in the Finger Lakes. 315-719-8377 www.winetrailproperties.com

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