I think everyone should be required to volunteer on a farm so they can appreciate where their food comes from and the blood, sweat, and tears that truly go into to the art of growing what we eat. It was a transformational experience for me that I loved not to mention all that freshy fresh produce! I’ve shared in a few posts about volunteering at the farm, Post Apple CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in North East, PA this past growing season and I’ve had a lot of questions from people interested in getting involved this year. Community Supported Agriculture is a membership that entitles the member to a share of the production of a wide range of fruits and veggies (approx. 70!) produced on the farm during the growing season estimated to begin in June and end no earlier than November (this past year we got deliveries until the week before Thanksgiving). It is extremely fresh-often picked the day it’s packed so it has a higher nutritional value and a much longer shelf life, cost-effective (I had sticker shock when I started going back to the grocery store after the season), and it tastes AMAZING! An unexpected benefit, we saved time and money by not having to go to the grocery store since we already had a freezer full of local meat. With 370+ members last year and endless volunteer tasks we stayed busy picking, portioning, and packing. If you’re into canning you can also purchase additional vegetables at wholesale pricing, can’t beat that. There are four share sizes to choose from, we did a half-share and it was plentiful, with a selection of pick up locations in Erie based on what’s convenient for you. If you’ve thought about a garden but don’t have the time and space, this is the ticket! We are still enjoying potatoes and lots of corn, zucchini, beans, and peppers I froze. Click on any of the links in this post to learn more or click here.