Early Sign-Up Suggested for Va. CSAs

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RICHMOND, Va. — State agricultural officials say it’s not too early to sign up for subscriptions to one of Virginia’s 100-plus community supported agriculture farms.

Called CSAs, farms that have the programs provide a steady supply of fresh produce to customers by selling subscriptions. A subscription typically allows customers to either visit their local farm to pick up their share of the bounty or collect their fruits and vegetables at a central drop-off point. Some subscribers can get special rates in exchange for sweat equity.

Besides fresh produce, some CSAs offer eggs, honey, cheese, butter and cut flowers.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises consumers to sign up early because memberships fill up so fast.

To find a farm, go to VirginiaGrown.com and select “CSA.”

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