But…when spring rolls around, it’s lots more fun. You see more familiar faces and you can tell which month it is based on the farmers’ inventory. Here in Maryland, shortly (okay, not next week but I’m dreaming about it…) we’ll start seeing asparagus, strawberries, peas, radishes. blueberries.Then later, squash, corn, tomatoes, melons and so much more in between. Cannot wait. I can taste the freshly shelled peas now. Just the thought of fresh Maryland corn and tomatoes makes a grey winter day a whole lot better.
Right now is the time to join a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That means you “buy in” now for a share of produce each week during the main growing season, supporting a local farm. I’ve written about my friends at One Straw Farm before – they do the CSA thing really well and this is my fifth year of membership with them. But, you should do your research and choose whichever one seems best for you. You can find CSAs near you by searching on Local Harvest. Then, each week from June through November, you’ll get fresh local produce and you will know exactly where your food comes from – it doesn’t get any better or fresher than that.