It’s been quite a few months now since many of us have had the pleasure of a tomato fresh off the vine, or peas picked from the backyard. It’s winter now, after all. And once spring springs again, we’ll be back to our weekly trips to the farmer’s market to regularly fill our kitchens with nutritious, local food that’s as good for our bodies as it is for the local economy. But year after year, we show up at the farmer’s market come spring, and notice that everyone else seems to have actually thought ahead (gasp!) and reserved a CSA (that’s community supported agriculture) share ahead of time– guaranteeing them a hearty (and inexpensive) supply of seasonal produce all harvest long. By the time we remember to sign up, most local farms have sold out of shares. Which is why we’re reminding ourselves (and you) that now is a great time to start poking around for the right CSA, and reserving a share while you can. One great farm is Little Gunpowder Farm, which is a project of Civic Works. They offer full shares and half shares, and the price for the a share is lower if you reserve early. We love that all of this farm’s practices meet or exceed organic standards and are truly sustainable forms of agriculture. That helps protect the land, the soil, and the Chesapeake itself by keeping toxic runoff out of the bay. This year, the farm will add favorites such as broccoli, cauliflower, and peas to its offerings, too, based on popular demand. If any of your new year’s resolutions have anything to do with health or sustainability, here’s the perfect way to be sure you keep that resolution well through the growing season.
For more information on how to sign up for the Little Gunpowder Farm CSA, visit www.littlegunpowderfarm.com.
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