Community Supported Agriculture - The Magic Onions

Community Supported Agriculture

Each fortnight, we get a box of gorgeous organic vegetables and fruit from Tanaka Farms delivered to our school for us.  It’s called ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ and there are farms like this all through the big cities. Our box of goodies costs $35 and lasts us the entire two weeks. We visit the local farmers market each week to stock up on fruit that is in season but the veggies from our Tanaka box are enough to feed the four of us and even give a few left overs to our bunnies. I love that I don’t have to agonize over the decision at the grocery store… organic? Not organic??  I love that I know that the produce is grown just around the corner. And, I LOVE that the kids are excited to see what is in our box each delivery and eager to try something that looks new and different.

A few weeks ago, we visited Tanaka Farms for a farm tour. It was super to see ‘exactly’ where our box of veggies comes from and to see ‘our’ veggies growing right in the ground. The kids were delighted to ride in a tractor.

They spent half an hour picking (and eating) strawberries.


Spring onions.

They ate Bok Choy straight out of the ground! Beans, peas, onions, celery!

Community Supported Agriculture farms are widespread across America and most of the big cities have farms just like Tanaka Farms. Click on this link if you want to see if you have  ‘Community Supported Agriculture‘ farm in your area and can sign up for a box of locally grown produce or a farm tour.

Happy Summer,
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. I just went to our CSA today, it is about 5 minutes away. I just finshed reading “The Dirty Life” and they spoke about CSA. Farmer Markets are great for Saturday but the CSA store you can go all week.

  2. This is fantastic. In Oz I get our organic produce delivered but I’d really love to be able to go to the farms for a visit. We used to do Pick Your Own but no organic options there (obviously). Thanks for sharing.

  3. what a great thing! I just started my own tiny little CSA box in my small town, I am very excited. i have 6 members and just sold my first boxes today! (we are in Canada so its just greens and herbs right now) yay for local gardensharing!

  4. How fun! I love that you got to go on a tour and see your veggies “in the ground!” Planting and harvesting is one of my favorite parts of summer!

  5. CSAs are totally awesome. I live in a rural area and can get a lot of things directly (plus we grow our own of many). We attend the farmer’s market in the city regularly and I am amazed at how many CSA ops have started in just the past two or three years.

    I think that farmers and large gardeners are seeing the easier marketing and more guaranteed income that a CSA can provide while consumers are becoming more savvy as to what they are. South of us in Colorado, CSAs are a huge boom industry now in an area that already had a large number of organic farms to start with. Up here, many focus on meats as ranching is a more common practice.

    Great to see that it’s not just in my neck of the woods that this is happening and really awesome to see “city slickers” finding out where their food really comes from!

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