by Kriston Capps
A reader writes in to ask about community-supported agriculture (CSA) options in the District. Great Country Farms is a very popular local CSA farm but it delivers only within Northern Virginia, so the IFA opposes that one. Clagett Farm delivers in the District, but neither I nor any other Internet Food Associate is a member (that I know of).
Paying in bulk for vegetables I may or may not want doesn’t much appeal to me, especially since the weekend farmers’ markets are so conveniently located throughout the city and feature enough that I usually get what I want. I suppose there’s some appeal to supporting the farm with a subscription, but I feel that I support farms just fine by picking up nearly all my produce for the week at the farmers’ market on the weekend. And I think that the farm-to-door delivery model (offered by Great Country but not Clagett) is irresponsible: What if everyone did this? It runs contrary to the spirit of sustainability and good environmental stewardship that, I imagine, is at least part of the appeal of CSA.
But I speak from ignorance. Anyone have any experience with CSA in DC?