CSAs: A Newer Way to Get Local Vegetables

The Importance of a Healthy Community

Eating healthy is important. So is supporting our local industries. The first because a healthy body means, on average, a longer and more enjoyable quality of life; while healthy local industries results in a more healthy local economy.

Consuming locally grown vegetables (which PEI has no shortage of) is the most straightforward thing you can do toward achieving a healthy body and a healthy economy.

You may be asking yourself now, how can I get local vegetables? There are multiple answers to that question, but for now, we would like to talk to you specifically about Community Supported Agriculture.

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture; more commonly known as CSA, is a model for agriculture and food distribution that has gained popularity among farms and communities all over the world, and it has exploded in Canada and Prince Edward Island over the past decade.

The easiest way to describe a CSA is as an agreement between the farmer and the customer. The farmer grows the food of course, and the customer (also known as a member or subscriber) typically agrees to pay for a share of the crops prior to the season even beginning.

It's like a weekly magazine subscription... but with food! And a win-win: the farmer knows where their food is going, and the member knows where their food is coming from.

 

Canadian CSAs by geographic location

Canadian CSAs by province

 

What are the benefits of CSAs?

Being involved in a CSA let's your local farmers know how much food will be needed well in advance, and you know that the farmer will have money to buy the tools and seeds to grow the vegetables you'll be receiving. 

You as a member, on the other hand, can rest assured that you’ll have access to high quality vegetables and, depending on your CSA, can have them delivered directly to your doorstep.

A Win-Win 

In short, everybody gets something out of the deal!

It's easy to see why this model has become popular as it not only offers convenience to both sides, but also helps connect people in ways that may not have been possible otherwise.

Signing up to a CSA is not just purchasing food, it’s contributing to the development and well-being of people and communities. 

It’s giving a face to the food you eat and knowing where it comes from and how its grown. Do you think that's a cause you can get behind? 

 
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