We are lucky to live in an area where a few farms and small rural agri-businesses are still surviving, despite tremendous development pressures. Just up the road from us is Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens. This spring, I bought a CSA share from them, or more precisely, a half-share. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you become a member of a CSA, you are purchasing a “share” of the fruits and vegetables from a local farmer. (Malta Ridge also sells egg and chicken shares, but I just bought the produce option.)
In addition to being close and convenient for us, Malta Ridge offers lots of choices, which makes their CSA program work well for me. Because they also have a farm store, I can pop in on "my" day and choose from among the fruits and vegetables on offer. For my half-share, I can take home eight items per week. "One item" may be designated as three tomatoes, for example, or a bunch of carrots.
So what did I take home this week?
- A large head of lettuce.
- A bunch of carrots.
- A bunch of radishes.
- Two onions.
- Three tomatoes.
- A head of cauliflower.
- Two yellow summer squash.
- A pint of blueberries.
Malta Ridge is in the process of selling its development rights, with the help of grants from New York State, Saratoga County, and the Town of Malta. This means the owners are ensuring that someone will always and forever be able to have a farm on those 132 acres. That is quite a blessing for those of us who live near by.
Fresh, local, healthy, delicious, and forever a farm. What's not to like?
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