It’s my favourite time of year- time for CSA’s to start!
This year Mr. A and I joined a new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share with Jonathan’s Farm, a farm just north of Winnipeg, and our first pick up is TONIGHT.
We decided to change to a new farm this year based on recommendation from a friend and also because the pick up location is a little closer to home and has more convenient hours for us.
You can find out all about last year’s farm here.
We signed up for a full share every two weeks for this year. After reflecting on what we learned last year – proper storage, meal planning around the food, etc – it was important that we found an option to fit our needs. A weekly half share was slightly too much but wouldn’t have been enough for two weeks. I’m hoping the full share every two weeks and the helpful pre-pick-up availability lists on the farm’s website will help us minimize waste and make the most of our share.
For a brief reminder about what a CSA is:
- You are essentially paying the farmers upfront for them to be able to produce food, then when the growing season comes, you receive a weekly basket of produce/farm products.
- The amount you receive depends on what you sign up for as well as the growing season. Many places have half shares or full shares and some even incorporate preserved foods as well as meat and egg products.
What can you expect here?
I plan to take the same approach as I did last year – a recap of what we got on each pick-up week (an awesome indicator of what’s in season in Manitoba), what we did with the goods, what was carry over to the second week, and of course our struggles and triumphs throughout the process.
We will be going through our first week’ basket next Tuesday, and I can’t wait to share with you all the fun we’re having with our freshly grown Manitoba produce!
For more information about CSA’s check out the CSA Guide from Oh my veggies.