Each Earth Day I feel obligated to bring awareness to the important role each of us plays in protecting the environment and preserving our ability to feed ourselves sustainably. Today, it’s in the form a list of ways you can say “I love you” to Mother Earth. Imagine the impact on our town, county, state and country if each citizen were to commit to doing just one or 2 items on the list below. How many do you already do? Which will you start doing? Please comment at the end and share any additional ideas. Happy Earth Day!
Chubby Bunny Farm, in Falls Village, CT, is run by farmer Dan Hayhurst and his wife Tracy. They have been farming in the northwestern part of the state for more than 10 years, and are looking to expand the membership of their 22-week CSA into Fairfield County. Chubby Bunny is not certified organic, but they use organic and sustainable growing practices. They have established drop sites for weekly boxes in Norwalk, Westport, Stamford, New Canaan and Fairfield.
If you’ve every driven down Bayberry Lane in Westport on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of or visited the farm stand belonging to Belta’s Farm, the last working production farm in Westport. Belta’s follows organic growing practices and is currently taking names for their 2013 CSA waiting list.
Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton has four CSA options that make it easy to eat locally year-round and the added flexibility of half share choices. Pick up at the farm or at Wakeman Town Farm (Westport), Greenfield Hill Congregational Church (Fairfield), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Greenwich), or GE Norwalk and Danbury (for employees only). Please visit the website for complete pick up schedule information and to download an application.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are partnerships between an individual farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Find the CSA serving your town in our complete guide.
This season Graze is offering two choices of home-delivered, Certified Organic CSAs from a collective of small Vermont Farmers: A 10-week Summer Vacation CSA and a 16-week Extend the Harvest CSA. For your added convenience, you may choose to add eggs or bread, or both to your weekly share for the entire season.
If you live in Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, or Norwalk, you can participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program with delivery from the farm right to your doorstep. For the past seven years, Farm Share Ltd. (www.myfarmshare.com) has been delivering CSA shares of freshly harvested organic crops from a small family farm to hundreds of area homes, helping people eat better and allowing the farmers to do what they do best: farm!
Convenient to more communities than ever, Sport Hill Farm’s organic CSA is a wonderful way to eat local-in-season. Farmer Patti Popp grows many varieties of vegetables and fruits, including heirloom vegetables like deer tongue lettuce, Romanesco broccoli (looks like green cauliflower), and green zebra striped tomatoes. Late season goodies like sauce tomatoes and sweet corn are perfect for freezing or putting up.