Find the Best CSA Ever at Just Food’s CSA in NYC Conference Next Month

CSAs everywhere! If only we could join them all.

March, which will arrive like a lion in a matter of a few short weeks, is generally the time to start thinking about lining up your CSA share.

The numbers of CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture groups — you pay a farmer upfront to give them funds for seeding, starting, growing, hiring, planning and planting in exchange for weekly deliveries of produce — have been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade, with the non-profit Just Food keeping tabs on many of them. In the past few years, we’re happy to report, traditional veg, egg and fruit farm-driven CSAs have been joined by meat CSAs like The Piggery, and even by local community gardens with great yields, city rooftop farms like Eagle Street Rooftop FarmBrooklyn Grange and even citizen farming brigades like BK Farmyards, who offer an all-egg CSA from chickens kept in Brooklyn coops. Many have also expanded to include pickles and bread and cheese, granola and meats and all kinds of other goods brought down from nearby farmers, as well as winter shares to bring in things that are available over the colder months. You’ll learn all this, meet farmers and more, no doubt, at the 11th annual CSA conference Just Food is hosting on Saturday March 5th at the Food and  Finance High School on W. 50th Street. More details right here.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.