In mid-March, when we started having product shortages due to the craziness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I became nervous. ( I know I wasn't alone in this feeling.) With the shortages of fresh produce, milk alternatives, and other items that I would typically eat. I was wondering what to do.
Luckily I had some friends that went shopping for me and found a good supply of soups and fresh produce. It was a great gift package of food. As weeks went on (as I'm sure you have experienced), deliveries were slow and best, if you were able to schedule them at all.
Generally, I live mostly on the vegan side of the street. Due to the food that my friends and I were able to find, I suspended my vegan eating habits for a while. I was wondering where I could find fresh produce consistently.
A Facebook friend suggested that I look into community-based agriculture (CSA's) and see if there were any farms in my area. I live in a very urban area with low-income housing in my neighborhood. I thought for sure community-based agriculture was not in my area and, if so, was costly.
To my surprise, I found several CSA's near me with several different price points. I thought this was great, and then I thought, there's probably a huge waiting list, and I probably would have to wait several months to join. But in fact, I was able to join a CSA very close to my home in a matter of weeks. I am excited as I wait for my first box to arrive shortly.
I found some local CSA's via a website called Local Harvest. I found some more local CSA's via Yelp. Some CSA's have programs for people on fixed incomes or for families that are low income. My CSA has these such programs. Now an abundance of organic produce at a price I can afford will be delivered to my door.
Another way to find a CSA near you is to do a simple internet search. Put your closest metropolitan city and the phase CSA in the search bar.
I am also in the process of putting together a list of CSA's and fresh food delivery services as we get through this pandemic together.