CSAs Bring Produce To Your Door

doepke-familyWhen Michelle and Robert Doepke of Lexington decided to make some changes in their family’s eating habits they jumped in with both feet, subscribing to Elmwood Stock Farm, a participant in Community Supported Agriculture.

CSA is a fast-growing movement where members of the community support local farms by subscribing to a season of fresh produce.

Typically, CSA members pay farmers in advance for a weekly share of the farm’s harvest.

Most CSAs offer a diverse selection of vegetables, fruits and herbs in season, and some offer shares in eggs, meat, baked goods and even firewood.

“It’s been a real evolution for us toward eating healthier,” Michelle Doepke says. “I was a little nervous about committing to this big box of vegetables each week, but my husband said, ‘Let’s go for it.’”

After a tour of the farm with their children, Emma Clare, 8, and Robby, 4, the Doepkes were ready for their first box.

“We experimented with bok choy, which we’d never had before,” Michelle said.

After five weeks in the program, Michelle finds that she looks for ways to incorporate more vegetables into their diet because she doesn’t want to waste the produce.

“I find that I am replacing starches with vegetables,” she said. “So instead of making rice or potatoes, we’ll have another green veggie.”

The Doepkes advice to families considering a subscription to a CSA: “Go for it!”


CSAs Farms

Dove’s Landing Farm
600 Lillards Ferry, Versailles / (859) 879-8580

Elmwood Stock Farm
3520 Paris Road, Georgetown / (859) 621-0755

For Pete’s Sake Farm
6050 Cedar Creek Lane, Lex. / 489-7857

Freedom Farm
849 Paradise Camp Road, Harrodsburg
(859) 333-5418

Fresh Stop Lexington
171 Market Street, Lex. / 608-5538

Gaffney Farm
PO Box 166, Versailles / (859) 621-1795

Greeley Farms
6820 Highway 1036, Campton
(606) 464-8190

Lazy Eight Stock Farm
5012 Paint Lick Road, Paint Lick
(859) 986-7627 / www.lazyeightstockfarm.com

Marie’s Farm
1041 Delaney Ferry Road, Nicholasville
(859) 296-0405 / www.mariesfarm.us

Three Springs Farm
4252 Crooked Creek Road, Carlisle
(859) 289-2562 / www.threespringsfarmky.com

Triple J Farm
2287 Long Lick Road, Georgetown
(502) 863-6786 / www.triplejfarm.org