If you are looking to support a local farm in the Capital Region, now is the perfect time to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For the last several years, I have a been a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY’s CSA and I highly recommend it!
The Regional Food Bank’s farm, Patroon Land Farm, is located in Voorheesville and grows fresh vegetables and herbs to help feed the hungry through local food pantries. When you buy a seasonal farm share (CSA), you not only support the farm but also receive a weekly box of fresh vegetables.
There are lots of CSA programs. Here is why I loved the Regional Food Bank’s program:
- While not certified organic, the vegetables and herbs are grown using organic practices.
- As an added bonus to the CSA, you can pick your own herbs and vegetables on select Saturdays during the season. This is in addition to your weekly vegetable box (and they give you a lovely bouquet of their homegrown flowers, too!).
- The Regional Food Bank delivers the boxes to many worksites in the Capital Region. Have a few people interested? They are often willing to add a stop!
- As mentioned, the farm exists to grow food for people in need so your share helps support the farm to provide food for the hungry.
Sign up time is now as the first boxes will be ready for delivery on July 13th but even if you can’t join right away, they can pro-rate it. Learn more about it HERE.
There are many CSA programs available for you to help support a local farm and receive a weekly supply of their produce. Search online to find some options. Now is the perfect time!