This is part two of a two part series about local food. Just as promised, I wanted to spotlight some local food options that we have right here in the Chicago area. It’s exciting to see the options grow as awareness does!
Community Supported Agriculture
CSA programs offer a way of connecting local farmers to their communities. Citizens will generally purchase a share of a farm’s crops at the beginning of the season. This is an investment in the farmer that allows him/her to pay for start up costs on the farm (machinery, seed, fertilizer, etc.). Every week or two starting on a predetermined date (usually around June) the farmers deliver fresh tasting and healthy food to a pickup spot in the city. The boxes usually contain the best of what the growing season has to offer that week. (more…)