Good Gardening: CSAs

Hi everyone Lane County Extension Master Gardener John Fischer here with Good Gardening from KLCC.

This sounds like a free ad, but it isn’t. My daughter and son-in-law have a small farm in LaGrande, Oregon that sells vegetables at the farmer’s market and provides 50 boxes a week for their CSA customers.

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly box provides their small and many large local farms with a predictable income and fresh garden vegetables for their customers. When my children pick produce at Evergreen Family Farm – sometimes with my help – it ends up on people’s tables that evening; Backyard garden fresh groceries, for those who can’t or don’t want to have a garden.

There are dozen of local CSA farms in our area. Below are some links. This is a good time of year to sign up for a CSA box so farmers know what and how much to plant. You need to buy seeds and plant plants long before the first vegetables hit the market.

Fresh produce and local food production, however, are only part of the benefits of signing up for a CSA box.

Bounty Farmers Market

Receiving a weekly grocery box will also open your eyes – and your mouth – to new culinary opportunities and help you eat in season. When the bok choy goes crazy get two and learn the delights of bok choy soup. When carrots go crazy you will learn to include them in more than just a vegetable dipping platter.

Most CSA farms have some greenhouse space – I helped build several – so you get tomatoes sooner – and lettuce later, and you get things you might not pick from the farmers market or supermarket.

You get it all man you get it all You can get rocket, bok choy, chicory and dicon, eggplant, fava beans, chickpeas and icebergs, habaneros, jalapenos, kale and melons. Napa cabbage, okra, potatoes, turnip. You will eat it all, man.

I’m John Fischer from KLCC’s Good Gardening.

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