It’s CSA Time

It’s that time of year again, and I almost missed it! I just submitted my application for our CSA share with Victory Farms. Kyle and I have been discussing our CSA options over the last few weeks with friends, and I thought I had settled on getting a half share for just the two of us. But that seemed like a whole lot of vegetables, so I wasn’t quite sure.

About a week ago I attended Gina Collins’ class at Ellwood Thompson’s called Discovering Greens and learned a ton of different ways to incorporate some new ingredients into my diet. Gina, who is Vice President and co-owner of Victory Farms, also taught us a lot about the farm and the CSA program. I already knew I wanted to purchase a share with Victory Farms this year but I didn’t realize how quickly I was running out of time! Now with the application finished and the check in the outgoing mail, I feel a little more secure about our fresh vegetable future.

In case I am carrying on about something you don’t understand at all, you can read about CSA, or community supported agriculture, here. You can learn more about the Victory Farms CSA here.

Why I like the Victory Farms CSA:

  • VF is a Certified Naturally Grown farm
  • The VF CSA is a debit system, so I can choose the items I want each week and not get stuck with a box of beets if I don’t feel like rocking fuschia fingers all week. Also I can miss a week or double up a week and debit from my prepaid account as I go.
  • The VF CSA members do fun activities like canning parties and gleaning parties, where you can harvest your own food for your own consumption and to donate to the CVFB
  • I can get to know my local farmer, which is so important to me since I have gotten more interested in educating myself about the sources of my food.

I also just learned that Victory Farms has a really informative and extensive Recipes section on their website. You might notice that a certain Richmond food blogger ::cough::vegology::cough:: contributed the Recipe of the Week this week! If my pizza recipe stops just one person from scratching her head about what to do with escarole, then I think I’ve done my job here, folks.

Are you joining a CSA this year? Where is your favorite place to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables?

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10 responses to “It’s CSA Time

  1. ah, awesome! i’m working my way up to doing this. we’ll def have to discuss next time we hang out so you can fill me in on it all

  2. Awesome! I’ve been wanting to join a CSA with another veggie-loving friend so we could split things. There’s a great farmer’s market here every Saturday morning, which I think offers something like this. Time to investigate! Congrats on the feature. :)

    • Thanks! I’m still a little nervous about having too much but I think I’m going to try my hand at preserving this year. I hope you find one that works for you!

  3. I hope you’ll love it. It is a lot of produce but I juice once a week and make stock and have found many ways to deal with it. Btw – I LOVE that you have a picture of purslane in your header.

    • Thanks, I discovered purslane last year and I think it’s awesome! I just got a juicer and hadn’t connected the dots yet that juicing is going to be a great way to use all my fresh fruits and veggies. :)

  4. We aren’t joining one this year (there aren’t many around here, and the ones that we do have are extremely expensive), but I shop at farmer’s markets once they’re open again AND we’re planting a much bigger garden this year, so I’m excited about that!

    • Oh I wish I could garden but the covered balcony on my second-floor apartment is not ideal for growing my own vegetables. I’m excited about YOUR garden though!

  5. Nick McDonald

    CSA? Confederate States of America? Wow, I need more help with all of this than I knew! Congrats on your ROTW selection, but don’t celebrate “near the River” ’til the waters recede a few feet!

    • Hah NO, although I currently live in the former capital of the Confederacy, I am still a Yankee at heart! Thanks for the congrats; the recipe of the week was a nice surprise. :)

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