So, at this point – we all know what Community Shared Agriculture is all about, right? Consumers develop a relationship with a local food producer and pay up front for a season’s worth of veggies, fruit, meat, bread or fish straight from the farm, orchard, bakery or ocean! Admittedly, most CSAs in Nova Scotia are for vegetables and fruit, but more and more producers are exploring the possibilities to share their particular harvest with YOU!
CSAs are a win-win situation. Farmers have a set customer base, so they know how much to plant and harvest, and they receive payment at the beginning of the season when they are ordering seeds and other supplies. Customers benefit by receiving fresh, delicious food from a farmer they know and trust, delivered to a central pick-up point. Many farmers and producers still have space in their summer CSAs and if you act soon, you could still participate this summer.
(Marla’s note: I just sent off cheque for my CSA subscription! Veggies deliveries start mid-June and I’m really looking forward to a fridge full of delicious food. I promise to post recipes as the season progresses. If you’ve signed up for a CSA and want to write about it for our blog, please let me know.)
Here are some links to some great blogs and websites of farms around Nova Scotia that provide CSAs:
www.taprootfarms.ca\ – Veggie, Meat and Fruit CSAs that has an extensive delivery drop-off route
http://www.localmotivefarm.com/ Veggie CSA that delivers to Stewiacke, Truro, Elmsdale, Fall River, Dartmouth, and Halifax
http://www.huttenfamilyfarm.com A year-round veggies CSA that delivers to Halifax.
http://www.lakecityfarm.com/?q=csa A Veggie CSA right in Dartmouth.
http://www.avonrivercsa.com/ – A CSA based in Centre Burlington that focuses specifically on winter veggies.
http://www.brucefamilyfarm.com/ – A Beef CSA that delivers to Halifax
http://horseandgardenfarm.com/ – A Veggie CSA that delivers to Halifax and Windsor
http://www.offthehookcsf.ca/ – A Fish CSA (or CSF) that provides hook and line caught haddock, and delivers to Halifax, Wolfville and Annapolis Royal
http://www.shanisfarm.com/default.html – Produce, Meat and Preserves CSAs available, and delivers to Halifax
http://www.vbfarm.ca/ – Veggie CSA that delivers to Tatamagouche, Truro and Halifax
http://farm.waldegrave.org/csa-info-1 – Veggie CSA based out of Tatamagouche
http://wtreecsa.blogspot.com/ – Veggie CSA based out of Annapolis Royal that uses draft horses on their farm instead of tractors!
But please don’t discriminate against farmers that don’t presently have websites! Check out Acorn’s website to look for CSAs all over the Atlantic provinces: http://acornorganic.org/acorn/databaseregional.html
Yours in food,
Alison & Marla