Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Community Supported Agriculture

I recently heard about Del Mar's Seabreeze Organic Farm. The farm produces a wide range of products year-round, including: vegetables (primarily greens), flowers, some fruit, herbs, and a small amount of chickens and ducks.

I toured the farm recently, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Ocean views and well-tended fields were a feast for the eyes and eating the veggies picked right off the vine was delightful for the old taste buds. It is amazing how fresh Seabreeze's produce tastes - nothing like what I buy in my grocery store.

The farm also offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program. CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Essentially, people buy a monthly or yearly membership in a CSA and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Seems like a great way to get sustainable food delivered right to your door - and keep your dollars in the community and in the hands of a local farmer. Some farmers include the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies.

National organization Local Harvest offers a free map of CSAs located all across the country.

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