Like to cook and eat well? Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)! Eight summers ago I joined Quail Hill Farm out in Long Island. The farm, filled with an abundance of beautiful produce, chickens and fresh eggs, has quickly become one of my favorite places in the world. Being part of a CSA not only benefits you directly (as you receive the freshest possible produce) but you also help support sustainable agriculture. There are many types of CSAs- some have produce and meat, others just produce- ones where your produce is delivered, others where you pick it up, or others where you in various degrees physically work in the fields for your food. At Quail Hill we pick our vegetables and fruit. Let me tell you- it is one rewarding experience. I always bring my friends with me to the farm and they always end up loving it.
Now I realize that CSAs are not for everyone. The most inhibiting factor is their price. Quail Hill isn’t cheap, but it does provide me and my family produce for pretty much the whole summer and parts of the fall. Think of joining as an investment for yourself and society: you get to be healthier and more appreciate of local produce and help pave the path to a more sustainable future. Basically, if you can afford to: do it. You won’t regret it, I promise!