In a Downturn, a Growth Opportunity?
By JAN ELLEN SPIEGEL, New York Times
Published: February 13, 2009
THE curving hilltop farm fields of the Hickories, which would seem to explain how this town got its name, are snow-covered the first week in February, with only skeletons of peach trees and raspberry canes as reminders of their summer abundance. This means it is the perfect time to be talking about summer community-supported agriculture.
Known as C.S.A., the distribution system in which people buy shares in return for a weekly allotment of local fresh farm food has never been more popular in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The dead of winter is a kind of high season because that is when farmers open registration for their coveted membership slots as part of preparation for the growing season.