|Do you not have enough room to grow your own garden, or do you know someone in that situation who would still like to have fresh vegetables throughout the spring, summer, and fall......and even into the winter. If so, perhaps Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) can solve your problem. You pay a fee and are then entitled to a weekly supply of fresh, organic "in season" vegetables. Here are a couple of CSAs that are now taking memberships:
- Perhaps. you would like to get your vegetables right in the heart of Springfield, just a few blocks from downtown. If so, consider the Urban Roots Farm at 831 W. State St. Go here for their sign-up page for 2014.
- If you are willing to drive a few miles out to the country north on the extension of Glenstone Avenue (HIghway H), then the Millsap Farm CSA may be for you. For membership information go here.
- While not a CSA, per se, Real Farm Foods features "farm to home" delivery of products like grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, pastured chicken, raw milk, goat cheese, free-range eggs, and soap made from natural ingredients. If you would like to have some of these fine products delivered to your door, just like in the "old days", then follow these directions here.
- For even more possibilities of locally-grown organic food, take a look at this list.
Even at the local farmer's markets, you never know what is sprayed on the produce or what sort of antibiotic is in the meat unless you "buy organic." Support your local organic farmer!
Information has been supplied by Paul C. Robertson, president of the Springfield Organic Gardening Club and the Succulent Society of the Ozarks.