We all like to think that this city is at the forefront of healthy, conscious eating. It’s like the words “organic” and “farmers market” originated in this city, the world turning to us to be on top of healthy food trends. One thing we have somehow not been very involved in is the CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, a program that ties local farmers and local community members together quite intimately, guaranteeing financial support for small, local farms. Beginning February 17, Market on Holly and Silver Lake Farms will share a partnership that is the first and only CSA in Pasadena. How exciting is that?
“What does this mean?” you may be wondering. Well, an explanation: locals will be able to sign up for memberships that will get you weekly or bi-weekly produce that you can pick up at the Market, fresh from Silver Lake Farms. Your produce will consist of twelve different things that could range from butternut squash to a funnel bulb. You’ll also be getting specialty items from the Market like hummus and cheeses, recipe ideas, and a ten percent discount on merchandise at the Market.
The cost for the service is only $30 a week, which is paid in advance for a six or twelve week period. Your produce is picked up from the store on Fridays, meaning you can do some shopping for homemade soups, local eggs, cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, baked goods, and tons of other goods (at a discount!!). It really is a great deal and, compared to other CSA projects in the city, this one is one of the best because it’s affordable *and* it is associated with a stellar little store. We’d like to see more stores and similar places take on projects like this!
If you’d like to become a member of the Market on Holly CSA, give them a ring at 626.844.8811 or send them an e-mail about it. And, if Pasadena is too far for you, you can check out other CSA participants here.