Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a direct relationship between the farmer and the customer. Basically, at the beginning of the growing season, individuals can purchase shares of the harvest to be distributed over the growing season. This entails a level of risk, since, if there is a drought, bug infestation, too much rain – basically anything that could negatively alter yields, you could be out some money and have no produce. However, on the flip side, if the season goes well, you get yummy, fresh organic produce, in our case, grown about a half hour from our home. It’s better financially for the farmer, and the consumer gets tasty, nutritionally dense foods that were produced with as little strain put on the environment as possible. We are purchasing a quarter share, which, if all goes right, should amount to about six pounds of fruit and veggies each week. We will supplement this with our gardens, if all goes well. Aside from avocados of course, which sadly, will never grow in Missouri (unless climate change does it's magic, perhaps), and I can never bring myself to stop purchasing them.
We finally got our supplies today, and I hope to post a weekly update as to the status of the gardens. We got a couple starter plants from the farmer’s market today and some seeds which we will begin to germinate tomorrow.
Here is a run-down of what we will be planting this year, as well as pictures of the starter plants.
Serrano Peppers - we've kept a plant alive over the winter that we had last summer, I'm not sure if it will fruit again or not, we may have to get another starter of this pepper.
Long Red Cayenne Peppers
Sweet Banana Peppers
Mini Bell Peppers
Organic Swiss Chard - we will be transplanting this tomorrow.
Yellow Straightneck Squash
Organic di Cicco broccoli - this is an heirloom variety of broccoli that is well suited to fairly regular small pickings, perfect for two people!
'Better Boy' Tomato
'Brandy Wine' Tomato
Golden Zucchini - if there is room in the garden, I will plant some of this
I also have some seeds for carrots, Buttercup squash and One Ball squash, but I don't think the garden plot is big enough to hold all these plants. I'll give those seeds to friends and fellow garderners.
There is something very rewarding about growing your own food. I hope all goes well.
'Til next time!