The Farm Share: Great food in the local community


Today was a good day. I went with my mom to pick up our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share. Potomac Vegetable Farms, where our farm share comes from, is headquartered off of Route 7, in a beautiful little green nook, just down the road from the hustle and bustle of Tyson’s Corner Virginia.

I love the fresh smell of earth hits you as soon as you step out of your car and head down the small hill toward the produce booth and veggie stand. Potomac Vegetable Farms claims they’re ecoganic. In their own words they describe this as:

“We farm using all organic practices. We make our own rich compost, and apply rock powders, natural minerals and sea products to ensure that our soil and our food is full of nutrients. We religiously use winter cover crops and summer green manure crops to keep our soil microbes happy and healthy. We are deeply committed to the fundamental principles of sustainable agriculture: ecological soundness, economic viability, and social responsibility.”

The food tastes as wonderful as it sounds, and I love that I am helping to support a local community business.

This week was special as the tomatoes have come into season and the produce booth was filled with tables and barrels of fresh bright red and yellow tomatoes. We were also able to get fresh basil from the stand and I am already dreaming about a cool summer Bruschetta.

How to find near you:

·      Check out the webpage of your local community center/ city community. Often opportunities that are only offered to the local community will be listed here or in an events section.

·      Ask around at your local farmers market. Farmers markets can be for one time purchases but some farmers will provide the opportunity to sign up for a weekly drop off/pick up of fresh veggies, eggs, milk and more at the market.

Photo Sources: personal photography

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