Days and Webster Organic Farms (CSA)
get the bulk of my summer produce from two women farmer friends who
call their business "Salad Days." They grow their wonderful
vegetables outside Milaca, Minnesota at Webster Organic Farms and
bring the produce to the Twin Cities once a week. Our arrangement
is part of what is called Community
Supported Agriculture. Perhaps because I'm an old Kansas farm
kid, I think CSA is the greatest idea to come along in some time.
is a nation-wide movement to bring delicious and nutritious food from
small farms to customers in the city through a regular "subscription"
service. Because subscribers pay in advance, we reap the rewards of
bountiful harvests and suffer the slings and arrows of inclement weather,
pests etc. In short, CSA unites consumers with the reality of farm
and food production. In addition to receiving absolutely tasty food,
subscribers get some education and a chance to participate in changing
farming practices that ultimately will benefit the land.
like to think of CSA as a great way to remove from family farmers
the hot and oppressive yoke of having to staff highway produce booths.
If the farmers know that they have a market for their goods because
subscribers have paid in advance, they need not sit at a roadside
stand watching cars fly by and stirring up dust. Instead, they can
be in the fields doing what they love to do or can visit with their
subscribers at vegetable pick up sites.
there are lots of other benefits, too,not the least of which is
creating a sense of community between urban and rural people.
how it works:
a week from May to September, I (and their other subscribers) meet
with Nett Hart and Tamarack at Blue Moon Coffee House on Lake Street
in Minneapolis to pick up our produce, get recipes and information
about organic farming practices, learn about heirloom seeds and
the wide variety of salad produce we'll be eating that week. We
also do a fair amount of visiting, laughing and drinking coffee.
Even the kids are treated respectfully!!
you are interested in reading more about Community Supported Agriculture,
follow the links listed below. If you would like to talk to Nett
or Tam about becoming a subscriber, call or write:
Foreston, MN 56330
you could just stop by Blue Moon Coffee House on Thursday afternoons
from 4:00-6:00 p.m.to talk with Nett or Tam directly. Bon apetite.
Beginning List of Resources: