Fairfield County consumers just got a few new options for buying food directly from farmers. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are growing in popularity as consumers increasingly view them as an excellent means of eating locally and sustainably within family budgets.
1) Farm Share Ltd. out of Mamaroneck, NY delivers CSA shares from certified organic NY farms directly to your door. Distribution is limited to Greenwich only so be sure to tell your super busy friends there that they can put a cooler on the doorstep at night and wake up to farm fresh produce once a week. Full information and registration available on their site: www.myfarmshare.com. You will also find them listed under Greenwich in The Buying Guide. Tell them the Fairfield Green Food Guide sent you!
2)Westport Green Village Initiative (GVI) is now offering summer CSA shares supplied by Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton as part of their mission to “create a new food model – a relationship between local farmers and consumers- that offers local/healthy food to people at reasonable prices.” The Westport pickup location is the Unitarian Church at 10 Lyons Plain Road. Visit the site to learn more and sign up.
3) The Stoneledge Organic CSA in Southport is now full! Thanks so much for helping to spread the word and for supporting this new organic CSA. A waiting list is available for next year. This CSA will be starting on June 10, and Sarah and Leann will be meeting this week to get information out to members and coordinate volunteer sign-ups.
CSA members are also eligible to purchase a Coffee Project CSA Share from Stoneledge Farm. Just visit the site and click on Coffee Share to learn more and register. There are a limited number of these Farmer to Farmer, shade grown, fair trade, fresh roasted coffee shares available so don’t delay registering if you’re interested.
There’s a great story behind this coffee; here’s a recap of what was sent to members by Deborah and Pete of Stoneledge Farm. “Pete and I had the opportunity to visit Guatemala this past winter and met Mayan families from the Lake Atitlan area that were harvesting coffee beans. We were moved by the determination, conditions and spirit of the families. When we returned home we were able to join with a non profit group, Farmer to Farmer, that is working to import coffee beans from these Mayan families of the Cafe’ Ana cooperative in San Lucas Toliman. The prices paid to the families are usually above fair trade levels and the beans are shade grown and hand-picked by families in the area. The coffee beans come into the US as green beans and we will have them roasted locally right before we deliver them to the CSA members that would like to purchase coffee shares.
For the first year we are only offering Whole Beans, Medium Roast in one pound bags. You can order up to four pounds of coffee per month and that amount will be delivered each month for our six months of CSA deliveries. The Coffee Shares will be delivered once a month with a Vegetable delivery. We thought that a Coffee Share would be a great way to support the Coffee Project while delivering a wonderful product to our CSA members. There will be a limited amount of shares sold, so please sign up if you are interested in participating. This is a project that we are sincere in developing and supporting.”
Thank you Deborah and Pete!