CSA’s are available all over the U.S. I have one locally that is great.
How they work is you pay a yearly amount (different ones have different payment options) to a local farm or community of farms and then you get to go pick up food at a designated place and time.
It is a wonderful way to get local fresh produce. Many CSA’s will run earlier and later than local farmers markets, extending the time that you have access to local produce.
One of the things I like most about it is that I can pay for several months of food at once, and then I know even if I get short on cash I have food coming to me.
Plus it is a very important cause to support. Many local small farms struggle to stay alive.
And it very rewarding to meet the people who grow your food and know that you are helping to directly support what they are doing.
As a new vegan, Community Shared Agriculture can introduce you to lots of new foods that you may not have heard of before.
Often the farmers and farm hands will have tips on how to cook up the new goodies that you are taking home this week.
See if there is a CSA in your area.
A good way to find out is to stop by a seasonal local farmers market and ask around. An Internet search may be helpful too, that just depends on how tech savvy your local farmers are.
Have you ever been a member of a CSA? What did you like most about Community Shared Agriculture?