Susan Schattschneider had been searching for a CSA to join for a while, as she said she “wanted a convenient way to fill my diet with more veggies”. CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an arrangement where consumers purchase a share of the farm’s produce, generally receiving a weekly portion of the harvest from June through October. Susan and her husband live in the Town of Lansing, a strong farming town; however, she hadn’t found a convenient way to join a CSA locally. Then the perfect opportunity fell into her lap: she learned about a CSA drop-off at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, where she works. She signed up two years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
“One thing that I did not expect out of joining a CSA was all the vegetables that I learned about and ate for the first time,” she shared. “The difference between being a member of a CSA and shopping at the grocery store is that you get vegetables in your share that you would not otherwise buy at the store. This allows my husband and me to try many vegetables that we would not try otherwise, such as Delicata squash, mizuna or daikon radish”. She and her husband have benefited from many delicious and healthy recipes provided by the farm that use the diverse variety of vegetables in the CSA share. In addition, she has been impressed with the convenience of getting produce since joining the CSA. She can pick up fresh produce right where she works, which has been much easier than going to a farmers’ market.
Susan said that one thing she learned from joining a CSA was, “You will enjoy the vegetables that you didn’t know anything about before”. She highly recommends the experience, as it has been great for her and her husband.
Visit Get Your Green Back for more information on Tompkins County CSA and local drop offs. You can also visit the Cornell Wellness website to learn more about the three drop-off locations on Cornell's campus and contact information for the coordinators at each location.