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Community Supported Agriculture: A Smart Way to Shop Local

csaPhoto from The Food Shed CSA web page

I meant to post this ages ago, but the season of kayak guiding is upon me and so free time is sparse. If you hurry, though, you can jump on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) bandwagon…

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be present when a friend received her weekly bakery share of her Food Shed CSA . I honestly thought I might fall on the floor the food was so delicious. There is a sample menu of their bakery share below.

A CSA is an amazing way to get fresh, local, organic produce and give much-needed support to local farms. The general idea is that you buy shares from the farm of your choice at the beginning of a season, then get weekly shipments of whatever that farm has available that week. Some farms deliver, but most on the Kitsap Peninsula provide your shipment for you to pick up on a specified day to save on costs and time. You literally provide the seed money for their growing season.

To learn more about the CSA concept, click here to see the Wikipedia definition.

There are numerous CSA’s around Kitsap County and beyond, which you can see on this list. Today, though, I want to share about the Food Shed CSA because I’ve experienced it and the time to join is upon us. I’m also very, very proud to be a new member of the board of advisors for The Food Shed and I want to support this amazing endeavor in any way possible.

The summer season Food Shed CSA has items such as:

  • fresh kale
  • swiss chard
  • lettuce
  • radishes
  • eggplant
  • MUCH more! See the whole list by clicking here.

They also have these amazing share options:

  • Locally wood-roasted coffee
  • Adventurous eater: a small addition of special treats each week. Spice up your cooking with exciting ingredients – think mushrooms, specialty herbs, ginger, dry beans and more.
  • Cut flowers

If you want to get in on their summer CSA goodness, you need to contact them asap (like today!).

If the bakery share menu below entices you, I definitely recommend making a request to get a share next season.

Food Shed Bakery CSA Menu Example

(non-summer season)

A Bakery Share includes 4 units each week – you can add on extra units and any value added items listed. They’ll have your order and any amount due at pick up. The pick is at Mossback: 26185 Ohio Ave. NE, Kingston

1 unit per serving: 

Asparagus, Cheese and Black Pepper Brioche Twists – $4

Cinnamon Rolls – $4

Maggie’s Farm Rhubarb

Sweetie Pies – $4

Strawberry and Toasted Walnut Buttermilk Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze – $4

Sweet Potato, Spinach, Black Bean and Cheese Hand Pies – $4

Gluten Free

Rhubarb Streusal Muffins – $4

Chocolate brownie wedges – $4

1 unit per serving – can order more than one serving :

Spring Vegetable Soup  – $4 per serving

(includes asparagus, peas, potatoes white beans)

Green lentils, asparagus, arugula and spinach salad  – $4 per serving

Collard Greens and Radish Slaw with Crispy Leek Shallots – $4 per serving

2 units  (this bread counts as 2 of your units) :

Herb and Garlic Johnny Bread – $6 per loaf

To learn more and sign up for your Food Shed CSA, visit www.FoodShedFarm.com/csa/ or send them an e-mail: kate@foodshedfarm.com, or send a direct message on their Facebook page. But hurry, the summer season started last week! Tell them you heard about it through Spring’s blog.

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🙂

Happy Eating!

Spring

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