space-and-company-veggiesBY CELIA CASUCCIO (
Every day of the year is probably booked with some sort of National celebration. Last Saturday, February 28th, was National CSA sign-up day.
If you live in West Philly or are planning on moving there this spring/summer, there are some really great options for CSA pick-ups in your neighborhood. West Philly Foods works with urban and rural farms in the Philadelphia area for their produce and offers a variety of add-ons, like jam, cheese, and bread. Their goal is to build a “network of young local farmers in our region”.
Greensgrow is a pretty well known institution in Kensington where it started over a decade ago. They get all of their produce within 150 miles of Philadelphia. Their producers are usually medium sized producers, so not just the right size for grocery store distribution, but too big for most Farmer’s Markets. Greensgrow is good fit for these farms, since they usually have 600-1000 members a season. Greensgrow opened up a pick-up site/Gardening Center on Baltimore Avenue last year, so pick-up is really convenient.
A friend of mine runs Kneehigh Farms out in Lehigh Valley. She not only grows all of the food herself, but she never uses GMO seeds or pesticides. She works with other small (teeny tiny, in fact) producers who offer high quality and local add-ons like cheese, meat, and bread shares. Her pick-up site is at Mariposa Co-op. Knee
For more information on CSAs in general and other options, Farm to City is a great resource.

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