As a result of all this research on food injustice, I’ve learned about Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is, according to www.localharvest.org, “a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce.” Consumers become ‘shareholders’ of sorts with local farmers, receiving a basket of vegetables, fruit, eggs, and other farm goods on a weekly basis, usually for a set fee. Seasons typically run from late spring (April or May) through late fall (October or November), providing consumers with a good 5-6 months of fresh, local food.
It’s not a new idea, but I think it’s a great one. CSA farms in Maryland charge around $400-500 for the season, which runs anywhere from 16-25 weeks, depending on the farm. It works out to be around $17-22/week, which is a bit on the expensive side, at least for a single person like me (despite my ravenous appetite for cooking!), but it supports local farmers and much of it is organic. I like it.
The website linked above lets you search by zip code to find the nearest farm. All the farms I’ve seen in Maryland seem to have a limited number of spots available (makes sense), so check it out soon!