What’s The Difference Between a Real CSA and a “CSA Like” Box Delivery Service?
With the recent success of family farms and CSA programs, many “CSA like” box delivery services have sprung up overnight and are sometimes known as fake CSAs. Fake CSAs are not necessarily local farms. Their websites make many claims but it is nearly impossible to discern if they are true or not.
Do you know the difference between naturally grown and organic? Many times the term “naturally grown” is used to misrepresent food as being chemically free, but this is not the case. Sometimes a farm will advertise “no pesticides” or “pesticide free”, but I am not aware of one regulatory agency that monitors these claims. Additionally, there are many other harmful chemicals used in conventional agriculture besides pesticides. Only certified organic can assure you that the item was indeed grown without any harmful chemicals. There is a lot of misleading hype out there so be wary!
Questions You Need To Ask
When choosing a CSA, you need verifiable answers to these questions:
Where is the farm located?
If several farms are used, where is each one located?
Are they near an e-coli producing facility such as a dairy?
How long after harvest is the produce delivered?
Are the workers treated fairly?
Are the working conditions sanitary?
Is reclaimed water used for irrigation?
Is sewer sludge used for fertilizer?
Can each item in the box be traced to a specific farm?
You can trust in the words of these companies but the only way to know for certain is by visiting each farm regularly.
Fake CSAs Make It Almost Impossible To Verify A Farm
Fake CSAs can operate from distances of over 700 miles!
Not so easy to make a visit. A true CSA farm will provide fresh produce within a 100-150 mile radius. This is good for the environment and good for the local economy.
J R Organics – A Real CSA
How do you know J R Organics is a real farm with a real CSA? You get to meet the farmer, that’s how! Every year we host farm tours where our subscribers get a personal interaction with the farm and see exactly how their food is being grown. Don’t be fooled, join a real CSA!