Slow Food Cape Town’s Community Supported Agriculture project (CSA) has been running successfully pretty much all through the year. Because of the changing contents in my weekly bag of uber-fresh vegetables, I’ve felt more in touch with the seasons, understanding what is growing out there, and what is not.
We’re so used to getting whatever we want, that we’re often not aware of what vegetables are in season, and which can only have reached supermarket shelves by being shipped in from further afield, or have been grown in artificial conditions (both of which use more energy than would normally be necessary).
I’ve also been more connected to where the food was grown, and have met the person who grows it – something rather rare in our day!
Well, I’ve waxed lyrical about this before, here, here and here so I won’t go into the details this time. But, if you’re keen to join what I’m hoping will be a growing movement supporting small local organic farmers, there’s a final opportunity for 2009. The Slow Food CSA is having one last 6-week stint of spring/summer vegetables, and there are still (I believe) a few places left.
A brief synoposis of what this CSA is all about:
- One small, organic farmer, Erick Zenzele.
- A weekly veggie bag containing a regularly changing selection of SIX vegetables, including potatoes, peas, carrots, beetroot, spring onions, many varieties of lettuce, baby cabbages, spinach and herbs.
- Four collection points for you to choose from, including Deer Park Café in Vredehoek, Klein Joostenberg Deli just off the N1, Jaqui Daya Food Store in Newlands, and Millstone Farm Stall in Pinelands.
- A weekly email newsletter.
- An online blog with information, links, recipes and a chance to interact with other CSA members.
- Farm outings to Erick’s farms, to meet your farmer, see the crops and learn about how they are grown.
- A total of SIX weeks of vegetable delights, running from Tuesday 10 November through Tuesday 15 December 2009.
- Total cost is R299, which translates to R49.83 for each week.
To find out more, and to sign up, visit www.slowfoodcsa.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.