Happy Weekend Friends!! I hope you are enjoying spring. It is finally warming up in Minnesota and it feels so good to get outside in the sun! One thing I am really looking forward to this summer is another season of our CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Our CSA comes from Brown Family Farm which is run by a local family. I love that our choice to participate in a CSA supports a local business.
Every year I have dreams and visions of planting a beautiful garden full of veggies and herbs. Quite a few years ago Brandon and I planted a garden. Inevitably I became lazy and sick of pulling weeds. We end up with an unsightly, overgrown mess. With a little one I don’t want to waste my time weeding and maintaining a garden. By purchasing a CSA, we get a variety of fresh, locally grown produce from June through October. It feels like I have a garden, but I don’t have to maintain it and I get an amount of produce that I can manage.
You can purchase a full or half share of the CSA for the season. We go with a half share. The cost is $415 for 16 weeks of produce. This comes out to about $26 a week. Years when we weren’t participating in a CSA I know I definitely spent that much and more at the farmers market and grocery store. Brown Family Farm sends out a weekly newsletter that gives you an idea of what produce to expect for the week, as well as recipe ideas and how to store the your veggies. I use this info to plan out our meals for the week.
Why Use a CSA?
- Fresh, local produce
- Supports a local family business
- No need to maintain a garden
- Eat a variety of fruits, veggies and herbs all summer
- Excellent value on healthy, fresh food
- Newsletter helps you with recipes and storage tips to get the most out of your share
How it works:
- Sign up on the Brown Family Farm website by May 31st
- Choose a pick up location – there are locations ranging from Big Lake all the way to St. Paul
- Starting the week of June 19th pick up your produce box at your designated location
- Enjoy fresh, local produce!!
Samples of a CSA share for the week:
Here is the latest list of what produce to expect for 2017 from Brown Family Farm.
Tomatoes, New Potatoes, Corn, Garlic, Green and Red Leaf Lettuces, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Green Beans, Onions (green & dried), Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Radishes, Bok Choi, Brussels Sprouts, 7 winter Squash varieties, Leeks, Pie Pumpkins, Red and Yellow Watermelon, Muskmelon, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Jalapeno Peppers, Banana Peppers, Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Green Yellow Red and Orange Bell Peppers, Red & Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Arugula, and more. Herbs: Chives, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Basil, Lemon Basil, Cilantro, Dill and more. Due to popular demand: Heirloom Tomatoes, Seedless Yellow Watermelons & Honeydew will be grown for the 2017 season!
If you have questions about Brown Family Farm or CSA please ask me! If you are a local reader and aren’t connected with a CSA I highly recommend Brown Family Farm. Later this season I will be doing some posts about how to use all of the produce you get! It can feel overwhelming to use, but if you keep it simple and plan out some meals it is really fun and easy.
Until next time!
Disclaimer: All opinions and text are my own. I was not compensated by Brown Family Farm for this post, but did receive a discount on my share. Brown Family Farm is a business I personally use and support.