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Three great CSAs in the Monterey region

25 Sep 2012 8:28 AM
Three great CSAs in the Monterey region

As the local eating trend gains steam and more celebrity chefs tout the benefits of farm-fresh produce, the CSA movement has substantially increased its number of adherents across the country. Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, these small farms provide customers with weekly or monthly shares of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. CSAs are especially popular in the temperate and fertile climate of California.

The area surrounding Monterey is well known for its clutch of well-regarded CSAs, which residents of the surrounding luxury homes can use to stock their kitchens and cupboards with fresh, tasty produce.

Read on to learn about some of the region's most well-regarded CSAs.

Bounty of the Valley, Greenfield
A small, well-kept organic farm, Bounty of the Valley provides CSA members with a wide range of delectable products including all-natural eggs and hard-to-find heirloom vegetables.

In addition to local-minded individuals, Bounty of the Valley provides produce to many local restaurants. For a true taste of the valley, the farm is a great choice for nearby residents.

Camp Joy Gardens, San Lorenzo Valley
Also organic, Camp Joy has been around since 1971, and its farmers' experience shows in the quality of the fruit, vegetables and meat they help produce. In addition to their highly regarded produce, the people behind the farm also teach apprenticeship classes to locals who wish to hone their husbandry skills.

Though a fairly small operation, Camp Joy provides tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn and melons to families and individuals around the region.

Fogline Farm, Soquel
Focusing on seasonal ingredients, the Fogline Farm CSA has a wide range of produce available to its members throughout the year. Sweet and spicy peppers, shelling beans, peaches, plums and leafy greens are just a few of the options available from this local favorite.

For residents in and around Monterey, these three farms could be a great way to get a taste of the local bounty.