Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is were local farmers are supported by loyal customers. Members pay up front to support the farmer so that the members and the farmer share the risk and benefit. I will list our local CSA’s here as I find them.
Organic 4 Life, Inc.., a CSA, is located at the historic Hemet Stock Farm. The entrance is on Oakland Avenue closest to State Street. Their hours expanded from only Fridays to Tuesdays-Fridays from Noon-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-Noon.
They are accepting new memberships as of April 20th, 2012. Go to their web site to print out the application. If you have questions, their website has not answered, contact Ursula Garrett at (951) 663-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I recommend emailing Ursula so you can get produce availability updates and an idea of what to plan your meals around.
Non-members are welcome, but only members receive a 20% discount. Memberships requires a prepay minimum of $80. Each purchase thereafter is subtracted from the original $80. A reminder to re-charge your account is sent when your balance drops below $20. You can pick up what and how much you want when you want it.
They have received rave reviews for over year from several of my friends. They have the freshest and best quality produce (I have seen) in our valley. I haven’t price checked them yet, but my friends say that their prices range from less than and similar to Sprouts Farmer’s Market.
Local Harvest has a national directory of the organic food that is grown closest to you which are Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, and Norton Nutrition.
Why You Should Start a Food Buying Club This Year also gives information on how to start one. I think buying organically-grown food for a reasonable price makes buying clubs worth the effort. I was a member of one for several years here in Hemet. It dis-banded and I am looking for a new one.