Community-supported agriculture subscriptions

Suzi Fry of Fry Family Farm operates a community-supported agriculture program that delivers boxes of produce and other local foods to subscribers in summer and fall.Jamie Lusch

A subscription to a community-supported agriculture program is the gift that keeps on giving — June through late fall — and solves the problem of what to get that person who has everything.

Regular installments of farm-fresh vegetables are standard, but each of the area's CSAs operates slightly differently. Prices range from less than $100 to almost $800, depending on subscription size and duration. Shares can be customized with add-ons like flowers, eggs, honey, bread, local meat and cheese, even wine.

Most CSAs have pickup sites at key locations around the valley while a few will deliver to recipients' doorsteps. Others dispense with filling boxes and instead sell gift cards for use at any of the weekly farmers markets where they sets up shop.

Farmers are taking subscriptions now as they plan next year's crops, with many offering early-registration discounts For a list of CSAs, see the link at www.mailtribune.com/eatlocal.


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