Few Good Reasons to Join a CSA
It tastes better.
The food grown on our Farm is usually harvested the day of pick- up. It's crisp, sweet, and abundant with flavour. Produce sold in local grocery shops often travels long distances on trucks or planes and is then stored for sometimes lengthy periods in warehouses.
It is more nutritious/better for you.
The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Most fresh produce loses much of its nutritional value within 48 hours of harvesting.
You help preserve genetic diversity.
In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment; for a tough skin that can survive packing and shipping; and for long shelf life in the store. In contrast, at our Farm we grow a number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest with an array of eye-catching colours, and the best flavours.
You support local farm families.
Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food, which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, and keep it active.
You help build a community.
When you buy direct from a local Farm, you are engaging in a time-honoured connection between eater and grower. You are supporting a local business and building an agricultural secter; which will secure a basic resource; our food security. Getting to know folks who grow your food helps you know more about the place and community in which you live.
You help preserve open space.
Our agricultural landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape. And saving the forests!
A critical issue in the food supply currently is that large scale farmers get paid by quantity not quality. Therefore doing what is necessary to harvest a crop even if it is in many cases destructive to the soil. Small Scale Local Farmers objectives are growing crops that produce nutrition that will help people to thrive, and there is no way to do that without understanding, caring and maintain the elegant symbiotic living ecosystem in our soil.
It is an investment in our future.
By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavourful, and abundant food.