Though many of my friends and co-workers have been singing the praises of community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs for a few years now, this is my first summer to jump on the hay wagon. (See "Direct marketing" for how a CSA works and what CSAs can be found locally.)
In my excitement, my husband and I and some friends trekked up to our CSA's home, the certified organic Grant Family Farms in Wellington, just north of Fort Collins, for their Spring Farm Tour Day this past Saturday.
As you might have imagined, it was a bit soggy.
The rain, the chill in the air and the mud (and boy howdy, was there mud!) didn't deter us from checking out everything Grant Family Farms had to offer, including hoppin' bluegrass; baked goodies, Fort Collins Brewery beer and fresh crawfish for sale; an Art Barn with cool crafts; and a farmers market with products we should be seeing in our shares.
Grant Family Farms had a bunch of speakers throughout the day, including self-described Texas populist (and Indy columnist) Jim Hightower who told all of us CSA members that we were "the future of the food economy," and that if "we dare to be disobedient," we can have the food, economy and communities that we want. Yeehaw!
My friends and I jumped on one of the brightly decorated farm buses for a tour around their approximately 2,000 acres. Our tour guide, Mike, one of the farmers, told us that currently 20 to 25 percent of what they grow goes to their 3,500 or so CSA members — and that they couldn't do what they do without us. (Thanks for the warm and fuzzy, Mike.)
Though delivery starts this week, owner Andy Grant confirms that shares are still available; visit Grant Family Farms' website to learn more.