Our Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in East County
Updated January 27, 2013
By Ariele Johannson
Note: Please help us update this directory. If you know of any CSA programs we missed, please contact Ariele at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Farmers: Please send in any changes and visit our blog to connect with other farmers to help create a self-sufficient East County.
January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Eating healthy means including plenty of fresh foods-- and the freshest of all are those grown here in East County. Have you thought about allotting part of your food budget to locally-grown organic fruits, vegetables, milk, meats, and more?
The East County Produce Exchange is kicking off the New Year with an event on Saturday, January 26th. It will be held in the Jamul Hardware parking lot from 3:30-5:00. The Exchange is a monthly event in Jamul, where people come from all over the county to exchange freshly grown fruits and vegetables. The produce exchange is like a farmer’s market, but it is a free event. There is no money involved!
You set out your produce on a table, and then walk around and take what you want from others, while others will take from you. This month the exchange expects to have lots of oranges, lemons, chard, cabbage, broccoli, kale, onions, and herbs.
Growing concerns over food safety, environmental issues, health and desire to support our local economy have given rise to a new trend: consumers seeking out locally-grown and produced foods.
Sales of locally grown foods increased 25% in 2007 from $4 billion to $5 billion – and could hit $7 billion by 2011, according to a HealthFocus TrendScan report. According to Packaged Facts, 69% of consumers surveyed agreed that local food is better for their personal health than food that has traveled across the country. Buzzwords such as “food miles” the “slow food movement” and “locavore” (New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2007 word of the year) have entered the lingo.