Last week I visited a few farms in Homestead for a story I’m working on for Edible South Florida. Among them was Teena Borek’s farm, Teena’s Pride. I had the opportunity earlier this year to visit the farm during the Slow Food Miami Bike Tour. At that time, the greenhouses were filled with beautiful produce. On this visit, Teena’s son, Michael, who runs the operations of the farm, was just gearing up to start planting for the new season.
Teena and I talked for some time for the story, but for this blog I wanted to share the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. When participating in CSA, you basically pay upfront for a full season of produce that is delivered weekly to a pick-up location. What’s in the share varies from week to week depending on availability. Your upfront payment helps the farm cover the costs of growing your food.
In South Florida, joining a CSA is probably one of the better ways to get produce grown locally, but there aren’t that many CSAs around and the ones that are, such as Bee Heaven Farm’s, fill up very quickly. Which is why I was happy to hear that Teena’s is still accepting new members for its third season.
One good thing about this CSA is that it offers a “gourmet share” that is intended for one person. This should definitely make it easier for one-person households — for which a half share would be too much — to participate in this program. I could even see couples who eat out a lot (ahem) benefiting from this smaller share.
A typical gourmet share includes:
- 2-3 pounds tomatoes, including 1 pack of heirloom grape tomatoes
- 1/2 pound lettuces and arugula packed in clamshells
- 1/2 pound Swiss Chard or greens
- 1-2 Peppers
- Other vegetables that are ready for harvest like: Squash, beets, carrots, radishes, green beans, sweet corn, broccoli, broccoli raab, leeks, cabbage, and cauliflower
The cost for 24 weeks (Nov.-Apr.) is $960.00 for full shares; $600 for half shares; and $408 for gourmet shares. It sounds like a lot to pay upfront but if you look at the cost per week you may find its worthwhile.
Other Miami-Dade CSA Programs
Bee Heaven Farm/Redland Organics – Margie Pikarsky at Bee Heaven Farm runs this CSA program, which now boasts about 500 members. All produce is certified organic. You can still add your name to the waiting list, but do it before September 1.
Little River CSA – A new — and small — CSA out of Muriel Olivares’s Little River garden. Full and waiting list closed.