Reserve a Slice of Summer

A list of southwestern Idaho farms that are running CSA subscriptions in 2013.

Photo by Guy Hand

Photo by Guy Hand

While we wait impatiently for the season of fresh, sun-warmed fruits and vegetables, there is something we can do now to prepare for summer’s delicious bounty: buy a share from a local CSA farm. A flourishing of community-supported gardens has made fresh and local food more accessible than ever in southwestern Idaho.

Community supported agriculture, known as CSA, is simple in concept. Early in the year, farmers sell shares of their farm’s produce harvested during the growing season, typically an 18-to-20-week period from May to October. Owning a share means receiving a weekly box of fresh produce during the growing season by delivery or pick-up at a pre-arranged location.  Because farms can offer only a finite number of shares that are often snapped up early in the season, buying a share can be competitive.

There are quite a variety of goods offered by southwestern Idaho CSAs. In addition to fresh vegetables, some CSA subscriptions include fresh berries, fresh fruit, herbs, chicken, beef, pork, fresh eggs and honey as add-ons to the weekly vegetables. If desired, Vogel Farms in Kuna will pair an Indian Creek wine with the cut of meat you have ordered!

Photo by Guy Hand

Photo by Guy Hand

From sweet lettuce and tangy radishes to juicy tomatoes and tender beans, the individuals who run the farm CSA programs have the expertise and means to grow a great variety of vegetables, so what you receive in your box is seasonal and varied. And CSAs drastically reduce the environmental damage and cost of food transportation, top reasons why many people choose to buy farm shares.

Following is a list of southwestern Idaho farms that will run CSA programs in 2013. Currently, most CSAs programs are located in the Greater Treasure Valley.  Contact CSAs now for information or to purchase a share.

If you know of other CSAs in southern Idaho, please let us know and we’ll add them to our list.

BOISE

Create Common Good, Boise, 208-258-6800, http://www.createcommongood.org Fresh vegetables grown by refugees in Boise.

Earthly Delights Farm, Boise, earthlydelightsfarm.com. Fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and seeds. Bike delivery available.

Global Gardens, Boise, 208-336-4222, idahorefugees.org/home/global_gardens. Fresh vegetables grown by refugees in Boise.

Morning Owl Farm, Boise, 208-850-6798, morningowlfarm.com. Fresh vegetables, fruit, whole-pasture-raised chickens, grass-fed beef and pork.

Peaceful Belly, Boise, 208-345-8003, peacefulbelly.com. Fresh vegetables and fruit.

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Photo by Guy Hand

Eagle Organic Farms, 208-939-9334, Fresh vegetables, beef, pork, chicken and eggs. The oldest CSA program in the Treasure Valley—21 years!

Evenstar Farm, 208-333-9637, http://evenstarfarm.net/index.html Fresh vegetables.

Pleasant View Farms, Eagle, 208-841-8127, pleasantviewfarms.info. Raw milk and eggs.

Field Goods Farm, Boise, (208) 908-8049 www.fieldgoodsfarm.com, Fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers.

MERIDIAN

Spyglass Gardens, Meridian, 208-888-3532, spyglassgardens.com. Fresh vegetables, fruit, berries, eggs and honey.

KUNA Vogel Farms, Kuna, 208-466-6928, vogelfarmscountrymarket.com. Grass-fed and non-GMO grain-fed beef, pork, chicken and fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, bedding plants, Indian Creek wines paired with meat.

NAMPA

The Jenkin’s Clan, Nampa, 208-465-5236, http://www.producebythejenkinsclan.com. Fresh vegetables, berries, peaches.

SWEET/Montour Valley area 

Nature’s Table Farm, Sweet, 208-781-0034, http://www.localharvest.org/natures-table-farm-M13602, Fresh vegetables. Delivers to Boise, Eagle and McCall.

EMMETT

Greenman’s Garden, Inc. 208-914-5156, http://www.greenmansgardenidaho.com.  Fresh vegetables, eggs. Delivers to Treasure Valley.

MCCALL/NEW MEADOWS AREA

The Local Motive, 208-315-0356., thelocalmotiveidaho@gmail.com. Fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, free-range chicken & duck eggs.

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