Five Favorite CSAs in Metro Phoenix
From Maya's Farm. Looking for color in your diet? Join a CSA.
If your resolution to eat healthier this year came early, or if you're interested in supporting local farms, now is the time to join a CSA.
Community Supported Agriculture gives you a convenient, direct way to get food from farms, typically in the form of weekly "shares." It allows you to enjoy seasonal foods and enjoy a sense of community. Here's a mini list of some of the options in town.
Maya's Farm runs 3 CSAs per year, corresponding with the best growing seasons, skipping the second half of summer when things get pretty hot outside. If you're interested in joining, now is the time to commit. The next season starts January 12 and your agreement and share payment must be received two weeks prior to the season start. What to expect in early 2013? Turnips and greens, peppers, winter squash, onions, herbs, radishes, chards, collards, okra and other delights. Maya also includes both flowers and eggs at season in her CSA whenever she can. Payment is taken either via check, money order or on PayPal. Baskets can be picked up at many places including The Café at MIM, Urban Yoga and Tarbell's. You can also pay at Phoenix Public Market. The cost is $300 for 12 weeks and you can fill out their membership form on their website.
From SuperstitionFarms.com Cheese anyone?
This special dairy CSA in concert with Mooster's Moo-tique and Udder Delights, offers butter, cheese, milk, ice cream and a 'mystery' item made by a local food artisan. Don't worry if you're picky, you can choose from whole, 2% and skim milk. The price is only $30 per pick up (on the second and forth Saturdays of the month) Membership also allows for other bonuses on the farm. You can pay bi-weekly for $30 each pick up (must pay a one time $25 membership fee) or pay for 6 pick ups up front for a total of $150 (no membership fee). Visit their website for details.
Chow Locally is a sort of hybrid CSA experience. They source weekly shares from several local farms (like Maya's Farm, Crooked Sky Farms and Agritopia according to their website) Pickup locations are in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler. They also provide you with recipes, nutrition info, and online cooking videos!
Your credit or debit card will be automatically debited each week you get a share. And you can use your account tools to fully customize your experience, from adding other items (like meat, eggs, honey, or brownies), to placing temporary holds on your share if you're out of town, it's a great way to see if a CSA is for you.