Join a CSA this Summer!

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What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Have you heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Our family is participating in a CSA with a local farm this summer, and we are so excited! CSA is essentially subscribing to receive fresh produce or other goods from a local farm, which benefits both parties. The farms and farmers are supported financially and can expand their customer base, and the family benefits by receiving fresh and often organic veggies, fruits, herbs, or other products. We are also utilizing a compost option where we can turn in our food scraps and other approved waste items back to the farm. I love that we can reduce waste and also contribute to a farm in another way! Your kids will love to open the box each month too!

How to Sign up

Typically, sign-ups are at the beginning of a season; some farms deliver, while others have designated pick-up locations. The cost and method of payment vary depending on the farm. Also, some farms choose the box items for you, while others allow you to choose what types of products you want to buy. There are several CSA’s to choose from in the central Ohio area, so everyone can find one that best suits their needs. A few CSA’s are highlighted below, as well as a link to another website that lists several other farms and CSA’s throughout Ohio.

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Having a CSA is a great way to support local and try fresh ingredients each night!

1. YellowBird Foodshed

This CSA utilizes several local farms in Ohio as opposed to just one. There are a few options for box sizes as well.

Website: Yellowbird Foodshed

 

2. Freshtown Farm

A small, local farm based in North Linden and the South Side. This is the one my family is signed up for this season, with the compost option. They have multiple pick-up locations throughout the area.

Website: Freshtown Farm

 

3. Seminary Hill Farm

A CSA program located at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, in Delaware. They also have multiple locations and classes and other events at their farm.

Website: Seminary Hill Farm

 

4. New Century CSA

Family farm located near Columbus; this farm delivers and offers choices in produce and box sizes.

Website: New Century CSA

You can also use this link here to find out about the CSA’s near you! We hope you can learn more and enjoy all that a local farm has to offer this summer!

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Andrea Connell is social worker, wife, and mom to a smart, active, and sweet toddler, Brady. Originally from Lexington, OH (not Kentucky as commonly thought!), she moved to Columbus in 2001 to attend college at The Ohio State University, and it has been home ever since. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work, and has worked with children in some capacity for over ten years, including as a therapist, case manager, and early intervention service coordinator. She now works full-time for a large social service agency, but a flexible schedule allows her to manage work, motherhood, and domestic duties and keep (somewhat) sane. She met her husband, Brian, through mutual friends about six years ago and they have been married since 2013. Andrea loves living in Columbus and enjoys exploring all the fun places, events, and festivals that the city offers. Most weekends, you can find her and her family at the Columbus Zoo or any park that is conducive to expending toddler energy. She loves spending time with her friends and extended family, which includes ten nieces and nephews! Other interests include reading (when she can stay awake long enough to do so), occasional date nights with her husband, texting instead of talking on the phone, local coffee shops, live music, and attempting crafty projects that may or may not get finished.