If during the winter you find yourself sacrificing nutrition and fresh produce due to a lack of selection in the grocery store or seasonal price increases. There is a solution, CSA or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way the consumers support local farmers by purchasing a portion of their harvest prior to the season.
How it works is you become a member and pay an upfront fee which comes out to be around $25 a week. During the season you will receive weekly deliveries at a predetermined location. You can choose vegetable bundle, fruit bundle or both and they are brought straight from the farm and directly to you. The season is typically 24 weeks and you can expect a lot of food each week, about 10 lbs. You can easily share the bundle and the cost with a neighbor or family member and there is even an option to purchase for families in need in your area.
Specifically in the Tahoe area, Mountain Bounty Farms provides the delivery. MBF is a family owned and operated farm near Nevada City, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. They use organic growing techniques and provide a wide variety of produce in all seasons. The cost of their winter program for vegetable’s is $27.75 a week or $666 for the season. The vegetable bundle includes weekly deliveries of:
arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chard, cilantro, collard greens, cauliflower, fava beans, fresh onions, green garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, parsley, potatoes, radishes, red daikon, salad mix, spinach, stir fry mix, shelling peas, sugar snap peas, turnips, winter squash, dried tomatoes, dried fruit, walnuts, and pomegranates.
For a fresh fruit delivery the cost is $15.50 per week, or $264 for the season. This will include weekly deliveries of primarily citrus such as mandarins, oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. There will also be a scattering of apples, pears, persimmons and delicious local kiwis. This is for about 20lbs of produce, all together, a week so it is very easy to share and you get what you pay for.
Your food is guaranteed fresh and with such a wide variety you will have everything you need to keep you family healthy. Nutrition is so important and especially during these winter months when the chance of getting sick is higher. Paying upfront for the season is good too because you know you’ll have food all winter. For those that don’t have that luxury MBF’s website has an option to purchase a single week to an entire season for a family in need of fresh food this winter.
They deliver to the Tahoe area every Thurs from Dec.1- May. 24 during the winter and they have a summer delivery season as well. There are 3 drop-off and pick-up locations in Truckee, 1 in Tahoe City, and 1 in King’s Beach. For more information on the CSA program in the Truckee-Tahoe region visit mountainbountyfarm.com and click on the CSA program tab to view pricing and sign up as a member.