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csaCan you believe Spring is upon us? There are days in which the weather doesn’t quite feel warm enough, like today. But, it is indeed here. Have you already started thinking about fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden? Do you enjoy the taste of fresh crisp carrots, sweet corn fresh off the stock, juicy tomatoes? Local farmers have been preparing all this and more, just for you!

Local farmers are starting to offer their freshest produce and vegetables to you their friends, neighbors, and local community. You can find these locally grown vegetables and fruits, eggs, and more at a variety of places; farmers markets, food co-ops, and CSAs. You may already be familiar with the farmers market and the food co-op. A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

If you aren’t familiar with a CSA, this is it in a nutshell. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Spring and summer shares are now available from a variety of farms around Oklahoma. Shares generally feed 3-4 people and a half share, when available, will feed 2-3 people for 1 week. Costs and length of the membership will vary by farmer. You can expect to pay anywhere from $20-$40 a week per share. Memberships can last 8 to 20+ weeks. Food is generally available for pick up at the farm or at designated pick up sites.

Joining a CSA has rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

Advantages for farmers:

  • Marketing can be done early in the year, before their long days in the field begin.
  • Payments are received early in the season, which help with the farm’s expenditures.
  • Have a guaranteed market for their products.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who consume their products.

Advantages for consumers:

  • Receive ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat before.
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.
  • Keep their money local which helps everyone.


  • Eat Well Guide. Find local, sustainable, and organic products in your area. Site includes CSAs, farmers markets, farms, food coops, restaurants, and more. You can search my city, state, or zip code.
  • Organic Consumers Association. Organic Consumers Association  is a non-profit organization that focuses issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. Their website offers a “Get Local!” feature that helps you find local farms, businesses, local news, and events in the US and Canada.
  • Local Harvest. Local Harvest has a comprehensive directory of CSA farms, co-ops, farmers markets, etc. The site allows you to search for sustainability grown food in your area.

We have been members of several CSAs over the years. We have loved the variety and value it offers our family. You can too. It’s not too late to join a local CSA and support local, sustainable agriculture. If you already belong to a CSA, we love to hear about your experience. Visit us on our website, Our Little Family Adventure, and share your story.

 Photo credits: thebittenword.com

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Nicky Omohundro is the owner and creator of Little Family Adventure, a website dedicated to healthy food, outdoor fun, and family travel. She has called Oklahoma City home for over 10 years and is always looking for new places to have a family adventure.

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  1. Great summary, Nicky! I couldn’t live without my CSA.

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