Register today to join CSZ for our fourth season of wonderful organic produce with the Hazorim CSA. The Hazorim CSA is powered by the partnership of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Hazon. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a chance for you to pick up fresh, organic produce from family run Country Roots Farm at Congregation Shaarey Zedek every other week beginning in late June – October. You may choose to purchase our delicious vegetable “Starter Share” or “Family Share”. We will also offer additional local produce, eggs, and other food products straight from Detroit during the growing season for additional purchase.
“Why would the Jewish community be interested in hosting a CSA?”
The Jewish tradition has a long history of thinking about what is kosher (literally, “fit”) for us to eat. A CSA offers a chance to re-examine and potentially redefine what it means for food to be “fit” – not only for us, but for the community and the earth as well. A CSA fosters pluralism, inter-generational connections in the Jewish community and allows members to explore contemporary food issues from a Jewish perspective.
“That sounds great, but wow, that will be too much food.”
Split it with a friend! Buy a whole share and let us know who that second person is on the form. Don’t have anyone in mind to split it with? Buy a half share and we will match you with another member. That way, you will receive half as much food and have an opportunity to meet someone new!
“What if I cannot pick up my produce every week? Could I send a family member or friend to pick it up for me?”
Absolutely! As long as they tell us on pick-up day that they are there in your name, we will be happy to allow others to come pick up for you. We will donate any produce not picked up at the end of the week to Yad Ezra. Nothing goes to waste!
“I’m going to be away for a few weeks this summer…”
Don’t worry, your veggies will not go to waste. You can give your share to a friend, sell your extra weeks on your own, or donate it to Yad Ezra. If you know in advance which weeks you will be away, please let us know.
“What will be in my share each week?”
The vegetables you will receive vary based on what is ready to be harvested at that time during the season. Our farmer will keep us updated at Country Roots Farm with farm news, what is in the shares, and a favorite recipe or storage tip. Because the produce is harvested just before it is brought to us, we usually don’t know the exact share content until the day before pickup. You will get a newsletter the weekend before share pickup letting you know what sorts of foods you can expect in your share.
Here’s a sampling of the many vegetables which will be available over the course of the season: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Gourds, Greens, Green Onions, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Okra, Onion, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Watermelon, and Winter Squash.
“What if I do not like something in my share?”
Being part of a CSA is a great opportunity to try new foods! Our newsletter and cooking classes make it really easy to learn new recipes and discover how to enjoy previous unfamiliar ingredients. If you still do not want something in your share, you can use the exchange box which runs on the honor system. Put in one item you do not want, and take out one item that you do want!
Why Join a CSA?
- Buy Local
- Your support helps small local farms stay afloat and guarantees them a market for their crop.
- Connect with the food you eat by meeting your farmers.
- Eat Well
- Buy the freshest food for your family.
- Explore new foods and learn to use them in your cooking!
- Be Healthy
- Eat more fresh vegetables
- Share healthy eating habits with your kids partner and expose them to a variety of regional produce.
- Protect the Environment
- Support farmers who take care of their land by growing food in ways that take care of the soil.
- Cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.