I have been on a public relations roll for Community Supported Agriculture lately, so here is my promised blog post about local CSA options in Northern Nevada and in North Lake Tahoe. Basically, a CSA is a system where members pay in advance to receive a weekly share of fresh and in season vegetables. Most options are a selection of what is grown that week, so it is always exciting to find out what types of veggies you will receive. Then, there is the joy of learning what the vegetables are, Swiss Chard and beets anyone? I enjoyed searching for new recipes and asking friends about what they were going to do with their vegetables. Many farms provide a newsletter, describing the vegetables you received and offering favorite recipes.
I personally was a participant with Mountain Bounty Farm last summer – you can read about my experience here. This summer, I have already paid my membership for the vegetable and fruit share at Natural Trading Company. I will write more as my experience with them ensues.
Since I spend quite a bit of time in Reno, I have had many people ask me about the CSA options in Reno. Although, my first research led me to believe option were limited, I have since discovered that Reno has several options available. The NV Grown website list several on their subscription farms page. I will go ahead and post what they have listed:
NORTHERN NEVADA CSAs:
Chickie Baby Blooms CSA (775) 423-9585
Custom Gardens Organic Farm CSA (775) 577-2069
Girlfarm/Grow For Me Sustainable Farm (775)677-0636
Personal Farmer Program
Great Basin Basket CSA (775) 351-2551
Nanadew Herb Farm (775) 867-3067
Rise & Shine Farms (775) 867-5873
There is also a great new foodie magazine in Reno/Tahoe called Edible Reno-Tahoe. In their Spring 2010, they wrote a feature about farm to table community supported agriculture programs in the area. You can read the story here. They provide information about CSA
Great Basin Basket CSA
Includes NanaDew Farms, Lattin Farms, Homegrown Nevada, Churchill Butte Organics, Heavenly Organics, Mayberry Farms, and Sierra Valley Farms
Custom Gardens Organic Farm & CSA
Silver Springs, Nev.
Subscription Farms on www.NevadaGrown.com
Churchill Butte Organics
4 Season Farms CSA
Grow For Me Sustainable Farm
Garden Goddess CSA
Trails End Farm
They also recommend supporting farmers by attending local farmer’s markets…
Nevada Certified Farmers’ Market Association:Nevadagrown.com/farmers_markets.aspx
CBE Inc. Markets for Northern Nevada: Crystlbrdg.clearwire.net
Placer County: Visit placer.com/county-farmers-markets.aspx
Nevada County: Nevadacofb.org/markets.html
El Dorado County: Co.el-dorado.ca.us/ag/certified_market.html
It would be great to hear of others experiences with local CSAs, as well as any fun recipe ideas for some of those more unique local vegetables. Joining a farm is a great way to help the environment’s health, as well as your own! How green is that?