Food thoughts: Happy Spring! Make plans to get a CSA share now.

Red and Green hs at Farmes Market, photo Steve Collins

It’s spring in Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market moves outdoors soon; late April or early May at the latest. They’ve been going strong indoors all winter. The market is a great resource if you don’t have space for a garden or don’t want one. Or consider a share in a local CSA. You can get a fresh supply of Artisanal goat cheeses, fresh produce or poultry and eggs. It’s a great system. The farmer gets money upfront and you get to share in the farm’s bounty.

The Local Harvest website explains the CSA system: “a farmer offers a certain number of ‘shares’ to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a ‘membership’ or a ‘subscription’) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.”

We were members at a local farm when we lived in Ft. Collins, CO and always looked forward to the day we picked up our weekly supply of garden-fresh goodies.

CSA members in Santa Fe may pick up their items at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. The farmers bring them in when they do the market. In many cases, if you contact the farm in advance, you can take a drive and pick them up at the farm.

Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farm says they are only CSA whose produce is entirely Vegan Organic. Because they are set up for greenhouse gardening they are able to offer produce year ‘round. Their share season is 22 weeks long and begins when the Santa Fe Farmers Market moves outdoors.

If you want a regular supply of organic poultry, Pollo Real offers CSA shares. The benefit of buying a CSA share from them is prices are 10% to 20% lower than the regular Farmer Market prices. Eves Farm (evesfarm@yahoo.com) in Velarde offers a variety of fruits and cider as well as garlic on a share basis. They offer flexible options including work shares.

Goat kids at Old Windmill Farm, Estancia NM, photo/courtesy Old Windmill Farm

Old Windmill Farm from Estancia offers artisanal goat cheeses at a share price of $100 for $120 worth of cheese which can be redeemed at any of the Farmers Markets they serve (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Downtown Growers Market in Auquerque and in Cedar Crest. The share can be redeemed in part or whole in any of the markets they sell their products.

Other local CSAs:
Green Tractor Farm, offering produce, tram@newmexico.com 505-471-0089
Red Mountain Farm, offering produce, redmountain@valornet.com, 505-685-0999
Khalsa Greenhouses, offering produce, khalsaenterprises@hotmail.com 505-927-2023

What are you waiting for? Get your CSA shares and prepare to enjoy a season of fresh delicious food. Participating in a CSA program supports a healthy local food supply and makes it possible to be less dependent on the massive, corporate food businesses.  That’s good news.

Authors note: Thanks to Miguel Gallegos, Santa Fe Farmers Market Manager, for helping me get this information.

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2 Responses to “Food thoughts: Happy Spring! Make plans to get a CSA share now.”

  1. Karen
    March 25, 2019 at 4:37 am #

    CSAs are also a great way to get you out of a “food rut”. By tuning in to local conditions, you really do eat seasonal foods-as the country did, once upon a time.

    • Steve Collins
      March 25, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Karen, Thanks for the comment. More good reasons to get a CSA share.

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