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The Gift of CSA Membership

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The first real snow is finally on the ground here in central Ohio. It might be hard to think about summer produce but that’s just what small farmers are doing.

Several farmers offering Community Support Agriculture (CSA) shares already have their 2010 signups available. At least one is offering discounts for those who register and pay before December 31. Others have deadlines in early 2010.

What is so wonderful about giving a CSA membership to yourself or someone special? You are giving:

The freshest farm produce all season long
Freedom from standing in long farmer’s market lines
A diversity of crops that benefits the whole ecosystem
A small farmer work, doing something they love
Contributions directly to the local economy
Healthy additions to meals
Thought and concern for the recipient and the environment

Below is a list of many of the central Ohio CSA signups currently available with notes about deadlines and specialties:

Wayward Seed – very early bird discount before Dec 31, early bird discount ends Feb 28. I just sent in my personal registration for the fruit portion of the Wayward Seed CSA.

Sippel Family Farm currently adding people to their wait list

Greener Grocer only winter signup is available at this writing but 2010 coming soon

Toad Hill Organic Farm 2010 coming soon

New Century offering fruit and beef packages for 2010

Green Edge Gardens only winter signup is available at this writing; 2010 coming soon

Frijolito Farm chicken, eggs and bread available in addition to produce

Elizabeth Telling Farm shares include eggs

Paige’s Produce egg and fruit shares available in addition to vegetable

Please comment with any additions, corrections, or questions about CSAs.

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