It’s CSA Sign Up Season, and farms all over the greater seacoast have lots of different choices to offer you in Community Supported Agriculture Shares.
One of our favoritest things is when new farmers find a great spot to start their new businesses. Orange Circle Farm is helmed by Jeffrey Benton, who has worked at several area farms over the past years, and is now starting his own farm in Stratham.
“The Orange Circle Farm CSA includes 20 weeks of fresh produce starting in early/mid June and continuing into October. Shares will be pre-boxed at pickup where there will be additional vegetables available to supplement your share. An egg CSA option is also available. Pick ups are in Kittery or at farm in Stratham.”
(Not sure what CSA is all about? Start here.)
We’re hosting two CSA Days at the Market on February 8th in Exeter and February 22nd at Wentworth Greenhouses, where over a dozen CSA farmers will be available to talk to you about their options. In anticipation, we asked the participating CSA farms to answer 4 questions. Here’s what Jeff Benton of Orange Circle Farm had to say:
4 Questions (+ their answers) for Orange Circle Farm:
1. What is the best thing about your CSA?
The best thing about the CSA at Orange Circle Farm is getting to be a part of a new farm and participate first-hand in the growth of local food.
2. What new, exciting, or interesting thing are you offering in your CSA shares this year?
Everything will be new in this first year of Orange Circle Farm including the eggs, the canning workshops and or course, sweet potatoes (my personal favorite).
3. Why is CSA important?
The CSA model creates a clear, consistent platform for a sincere relationship between customers, farmers, the land, and the food that is changes hands.
4. Why do you farm?
I farm because it’s the only way of life that I’ve found continuously challenging and rewarding.
Meet the farmer of Orange Circle Farm and more CSA farmers during the CSA Days at the Winter Farmers Markets in Exeter on February 8th and at Wentworth Greenhouses, February 22nd, 10am to 2pm.