With spring and summer on the rise I wanted to educate you all on an awesome concept more people should be aware of… Joining a farm share. Colorado is home to some amazing local sources of produce and farm raised animals. There are many local farms that offer ‘farm share’ or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs.
In a farm share a “Member” buys a “Share” of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season, and then comes to the farm each week to pick up their “Share” of the farm’s vegetable harvest or that share is bagged or boxed and delivered to the shareholder (There are a couple of farmers at the Stapleton farmers market that participate in farm shares). There are many advantages that both you and the farmer benefit from by participating in a share.
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
To find a local farm in the Denver area that offers Share programs click on the links below. I would suggest going in on a share with a small group of friends or a few CFS gym members. This is a great way to consistently have fresh produce in your homes all summer long. You will also be exposed to many different fruits and vegetables you many have never seen or used before. Feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions on how to utilize and prepare your unusual fruit or veggie!