I always wanted to do a CSA share. However, I was always hesitant due to the fact I would need to drive somewhere to get the farm produce. It was not practical. But then I found Farmigo. I am now the community organizer for my neighborhood. We get deliveries once a week. So I finally found a way to get really fresh food.
Eating local is becoming more and more popular these days as we shop at farmer’s markets, seek local products in grocery stores, and eat at farm-to-table restaurants. Another way of eating locally is by utilizing CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, which create a connection between local farmers and people who want fresh produce delivered right to their neighborhood or even their front door! There are now companies that make it even easier to get these great foods, and these are a few good ones:
Farmigo, farmigo.com, has a large number of pick-up locations in the New York, New Jersey, and San Francisco area, but they also give you the option to organize your own community of farmers and producers in the area you live. You can shop for the products you want – from produce to meats to pantry staples – and they will be delivered to a location close by ready for pick-up! I organized my own Farmigo community for North Battery Park that has 17 members and counting!
Quinciple, quinciple.com, is a New York City based service that creates a box each week of balanced ingredients that can make at least two dinners for two people. Quinciple will deliver to your home or you can pick up from stores in Brooklyn for a flat rate. Quinciple also includes recipes with each box so you do not have to worry about what to cook with items you may not be as familiar with!
Spud, spud.com, is currently only San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Canada based, but their online market is worth checking out even if you do not live in those areas! Spud has an extensive selection of everything from beauty products and pet food to baked goods and ready to eat meals. They will deliver to your door with a guarantee that all products you buy come from local vendors and are organic or produced without GMOs. We hope Spud makes its way to the East Coast!
You can also find smaller CSAs wherever you are located by searching at localharvest.org Happy shopping!